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Verizon 5G: What is it and why does it matter?

Verizon 5G: What is it and why does it matter?

The first company to bring 4G LTE to the United States - Verizon - is now testing 5G. This is a name for a faster sort of mobile internet. That's wireless internet that brings data to your smartphone. What's the difference between 4G and 5G? Speed, mostly. Verizon suggests that though "by nearly all accounts, 5G technology should be introduced in the U.S. sometime after 2020," they'll be starting field technology trials next year. The mobile internet will get faster, and this new wave of faster internet will be brought to market faster than expected thanks to Verizon.

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Samsung Electronics and LG U+ partner to develop 5G tech

Samsung Electronics and LG U+ partner to develop 5G tech

Earlier this week we talked about how the ITU has defined 5G technology for the mobile space. The ITU defined 5G networks as having data speeds of at least 20 Gbps. Samsung Electronics and Korean telecommunications carrier LG U+ have now announced that they will team up to jointly develop 5G technology. Korean carrier KT has already announced that it plans to show off 5G networks during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Korea.

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ITU defines 5G as speed of 20 Gbps promising demo by 2018

ITU defines 5G as speed of 20 Gbps promising demo by 2018

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) has agreed to a definition for 5G communications networks. The definition that it has agreed to specifies that the future 5G networks will have speeds of at least 20 Gbps. The ITU also clarified its plan to commercialize 5G networks by 2020. The 5G network standards set forth by the ITU have been standardized globally and a Korean ministry official says that the agreement on the standard will be approved internationally.

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Nokia agrees to buy Alcatel-Lucent, hints at HERE musings

Nokia agrees to buy Alcatel-Lucent, hints at HERE musings

It seems that Nokia is one company that can't stay put. Just after being divested of its smartphone, but not tablet, business by Microsoft, the company is on the move again to redefine itself and focus its resources. Once a mobile device company, Nokia now wants to move forward as a network technology company. And to push through its plans, it will be acquiring French rival Alcatel-Lucent. The combined power of the two companies is envisioned, at least by Nokia, to boost R&D on future technologies like 5G, cloud computing, and, of course, the Internet of Things.

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Samsung video explains why it’s so hyped about 5G

Samsung video explains why it’s so hyped about 5G

South Korea hasn't been one to settle on a network technology for too long. Even while the rest of the world is still migrating towards and heavily marketing 4G, companies and engineers already have their sights on the next generation, 5G. Samsung, unsurprisingly, is one of the biggest proponents of that technology, considering a good bulk of its business revolves around devices that connect to the Internet. Now it has released a video showing why you should be excited about it too. And no, it's isn't about eliminating YouTube buffering.

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Samsung’s tests yield record-breaking 7.5Gbps 5G speed

Samsung’s tests yield record-breaking 7.5Gbps 5G speed

While we mostly know Samsung as a consumer electronics manufacturer, especially of smartphones, the company's Research & Development is also obsessed about that one crucial aspect of the mobile experience that makes smartphones and tablets worth their price: Internet connections. While many parts of the world are still adapting to 4G LTE networks, Samsung, as well as other Korean companies, are already toying around with the next generation, obviously called 5G. Now it's R&D department is boasting of the fastest 5G speeds reached to date no just from a stationary test but also from a fast moving vehicle.

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Ericsson testing 5G network up to 50x faster than 4G

Ericsson testing 5G network up to 50x faster than 4G

The future of wireless is being tested now, and Ericsson has a big hand in it. The company is currently testing next-generation 5G technology, which will transfer speeds up to 5 gigabits per second. If you’re curious how that stacks up, it’s up to 50-times faster than what we experience now.

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NTT DoCoMo details 5G network ambitions, is aiming for 2020

NTT DoCoMo details 5G network ambitions, is aiming for 2020

NTT Docomo had been busy here at CEATEC 2013, during which it presented the concept for its next-generation 5G mobile network, something that would be a higher-performance offering over current LTE-Advanced network technology. At the event, Docomo has shown off this concept, including where it is in the process and its ambitions for the future, with the company pegging a 2020 goal.

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5G service demonstration coming from NTT DoCoMo at CEATEC in October

5G service demonstration coming from NTT DoCoMo at CEATEC in October

There are still many places in the US that don't have full 4G coverage when it comes to mobile data networks. Some in the US and around the world still lack consistent 4G coverage, and NTT DoCoMo is set to show off its next-generation 5G service at CEATEC in Japan next month. There is no indication when the 5G network will go into wide use at this time.

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