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Researchers at Ericsson have been working on technologies to help shape 5G in the coming years, with perhaps one of the most exciting advancements being ‘Multipoint Connectivity with Distributed MIMO’ which the company demonstrated late last month.
The technology allows devices to ping multiple towers and maintain more than one datastream at a time for enhanced speed and reliability. In early tests, Ericsson’s researchers were able to achieve impressive speeds of up to 10 Gbps with low levels of latency.
At the same time as the aforementioned enhancements, the technology is expected to use a lot less energy than the current LTE standard. As the Internet of Things becomes more popular, networks will have to be able to support more devices than ever and ensure energy consumption can be kept to an absolute minimum.
Right now the tests are just a proof-of-concept, with 5G not expected to start becoming available until 2020. Of course Ericsson isn’t the only researcher in the space, and others are attempting to lead the path in what is sure to be a lucrative market in the coming years…
Samsung is one of these key infrastructure players who lead Ericsson in terms of sheer speed. The Korean company’s 5G efforts have registered mobile speeds of up to 7.5Gbps while stationary, and up to 1.2Gbps while in a vehicle moving at 110kph. The award for the fastest, however, goes to the University of Surrey in the UK who managed speeds of up to 1 Tbps.
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To learn more about the Internet of Things visit IoT Tech Expo Europe in London’s Olympia 2-3 December, 2015.