Friday, November 12, 2010

Korea to get 5G network

3G-capable cellular networks are simply handy these days, which let us always stay connected to the Internet, especially handy while WiFi hotspots are hard to reach. When I’m traveling, I always depend on the 3G Internet connection, which I get a USB HSDPA modem hooked up to my laptop, to keep this blog frequently updated. Besides, 3G of course is handy to let you stream various medias from the Internet onto your cellphones in comfortable speeds.

The speed of 3G Internet connection still remains in the range of 3.6Mbps to 7.2Mbps (Some variations could go higher, such as 14.4Mbps or 28.8Mbps). Some more they’re deemed as burstable bandwidth, which some times you will still feel the slowness when it gets congested. So, I’ll always wish for higher G (generation) to come soon, which provides much higher speed of Internet connection.

We’ve learned that the next higher G will be the 4G. But it seems like the 4G takes a couple of years to come true, as it involves a major change of hardware across the countries as well as a bunch of new phones. 4G is definitely what we dream for, which will be a fully IP-based integrated system, that delivers the Internet speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps speeds both indoors and outdoors. But don’t expect the super high-speed 4G to come pretty soon, it’ll need at least 3-4 years, which is planned to release in European countries in 2012 – 2015.

But, now the Korean seem to be more aggressive than others. They’re taking a big leap, which they’ve planed for 5G – the 5th generation in year 2012. Korea and Japan are the two countries that have been known for long to be aggressive in various hi-def media streaming and online gaming. They definitely need much higher bandwidth to deliver what their people need. At this stage, it’s still too early, and what 5G is to promise. About the speed and the services are still unknown, but should be much higher than the 3G and 4G. Just hope that they could get it out as planned, and have the 5G technology spread to other countries too. So, we all could enjoy the super high-speed 5G network. By that time, WiFi and WiMax would most probably have diminished in this world!

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