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Verizon, Samsung Look Beyond 4G LTE with AWS and '5G'

Verizon, Samsung Look Beyond 4G LTE with AWS and '5G'
By Adam Dickter

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Seven 4G LTE devices sold by Verizon Wireless contain components that will access the new AWS technology when it is activated later this year. They include two Samsung 10-inch tablets, two Jetpack mobile hotspots, a USB dongle, Samsung's Galaxy S 4 (pictured) and Nokia's Lumia 928. Samsung, meanwhile, is working on "5G" technology that is years away.
 

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"Most of our 4G LTE devices going forward will be AWS-capable," Pica said.

Pumping Up the Volume

Samsung likens its new technology to installing a wider pipe to create better water flow.

"While it was a recognized option, it has been long believed that the millimeter-wave bands had limitations in transmitting data over long distances due to its unfavorable propagation characteristics," the company said.

"However, Samsung's new adaptive array transceiver technology has proved itself as a successful solution. It transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers."

Using 64 antenna elements, the adaptive array transceiver technology can compensate for radio propagation loss at millimeter-wave bands, "much higher than the conventional frequency bands ranging from several hundred MHz to several GHz," Samsung said.

However, Bill Menezes, a principal research analyst at Gartner, warns there really is no such thing as a "5G" data protocol, despite the hype.

"Standards bodies haven't defined the next generation beyond 4G's LTE and LTE-Advanced," Menezes told us. "The LTE-A standard posits a peak theoretical 1 Gbps speed, and the laws of physics may make further increases only incremental.

"Further, some of the functionalities that go beyond 4G are being appended into the 4G standard, not as a new 5G standard. Still way too early for any of the carriers to plan for it."

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nobody mentioned the (my) 928 was next gen ready!



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