September 1, 2006 7:01 AM PDT
Samsung claims to have cracked 4G
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The electronics giant planned to demonstrate the high-speed technology at the Samsung 4G Forum, which runs through Friday on Jeju Island, South Korea. Using a specially adapted bus, the company promises wireless speeds of 100Mbps (megabits per second). The company also said it planned to demonstrate a handover between cells at up to 60 kilometers per hour.
Fixed speeds for technology will be even greater, getting up to 1Gbps (gigabits per second)--that is, 50 times faster than the current next-generation hype generator, mobile WiMax. Samsung planned to showcase the bandwidth-bloated technology by using it to download 32 high-definition broadcast TV channels, as well as maintaining Internet access and video telephony, simultaneously.
No one at Samsung was available to comment on which standards will be used for the supercharged connectivity, although the company has in the past referred to Sprint Nextel's WiMax network as 4G. According to the International Telecommunication Union, the definition of 4G involves attaining speeds of 1Gbps when stationary and 100Mbps on the move.
NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, is planning to launch a commercial 4G network in 2010 and has already piloted VSF-OFCDM and VSF-CDMA technologies. It has also boasted hitting 1Gbps downloads in 2004, using SF-Spread OFDM and Mimo (multiple input multiple output) technologies.
Samsung expects 4G to get its official launch in 2010.
Jo Best of Silicon.com reported from London.
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