Record-breaking speeds have been achieved during tests of 5G data connections, scientists have said.
Researchers at the University of Surrey‘s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) managed one terabit per second (Tbps) – many thousands of times faster than current data connections.
The head of the 5GIC said he hoped to demonstrate the technology to the public in 2018.
Ofcom has said 5G could be available in Britain by 2020.
At 1Tbps, it would be theoretically possible to download a file 100 times the size of a feature film in about three seconds. The speed is more than 65,000 times faster than average 4G download speeds.
It is also far in excess of the previous best achieved in tests: Samsung’s 7.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), which is less than 1% of the Surrey team’s speed.
According to news website V3, 5GIC director Prof Rahim Tafazolli said: “We have developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means we can exceed 1Tbps wirelessly. This is the same capacity as fibreoptics but we are doing it wirelessly.”
His research team built its own kit and carried out the tests in lab conditions over a distance of 100m.
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