Wow!! 5G Researchers Reach 1 Terabit Speeds

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Researchers at the University of Surrey's 5GIC have reached record-breaking data connection speeds in testing.

Researchers at the 5G Innovation Centre have hit one terabit per second speeds, thousands of times faster than today's standards. "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," said Professor Rahim Tafazolli, director of the 5GIC. The tests have been carried out in lab conditions using transmitters and receivers build on campus over a distance of 100 meters, explained news website V3. Currently, the researchers hope to take the technology out of the lab and onto the university campus during 2016 and 2017 and unveiling the tech for the public in early 2018. "We want to be the first in the world to show such high speeds," said Tafazolli, hoping to beat researchers in South Korea, Russia, and Japan with the 2018 unveiling.

"An important aspect of 5G is how it will support applications in the future. We don't know what applications will be in use by 2020, or 2030 or 2040 for that matter, but we know they will be highly sensitive to latency," explained Tafazolli, emphasizing that latency and reliability are more important for developing the new standard than the incredible speeds. "We need to bring end-to-end latency down to below one millisecond so that it can enable new technologies and applications that would just not be possible with 4G." While 1 Tbps speeds can be reached in lab conditions, technical experts believe that 50 Gbps speeds are more likely in real-world environments with 5G.
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