Next... Communication Generation (written in 2014)
Fifth Generation coming soon
Gordon Gekko, 1G mobile pioneer
In an effort to provide science without the science, we will keep this short and simple.
In May 2013, Samsung announced they were on a 5G breakthrough. This will happen at some stage in the near future and the seeds attained will allegedly see movies downloaded in a second and connectivity speeds unimaginable just a few short years ago.
The Samsung Electronics Official Global Blog, revealed that the company had, “successfully developed the world’s first adaptive array transceiver technology operating in the millimetre-wave Ka bands for cellular communications. The new technology sits at the core of 5G mobile communications system and will provide data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks.”
Most tellingly, it adds, “Samsung’s latest innovation is expected to invigorate research into 5G cellular communications across the world; the company believes it will trigger the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialization of related mobile broadband services.”
The electronic giants may have uncovered the area of 5G relating to antennas, but there is much more to it than that - for example, data crunching needs to be as big a priority as speed, so early headlines and newspaper articles are less revealing than the phrase, “International alliances”. If Samsung are looking for global collaboration, they are likely to get it – this can only possibly bring the introduction of the next stage closer.
Admittedly, this page is a bit of an homage to the communication revolution that we are lucky to be living through.
It seems like just yesterday that people were using these.
When First Generation telephony was introduced it really was a revolution. It is not an understatement to say the people that opened the boxes to the first mobile phones felt that they had won the Lottery.
At that time (1980s) no-one would have predicted that camera film would not only soon be a thing of the past, but telephones would become every bit as good as the compact cameras they would compete with.
Annual photo competitions are now held for mobile taken pictures only.
As each Generation races on to the next, it seems somewhat remarkable that people are already sceptical about the long awaited arrival of the iPhone 5.
The public now demand major breakthroughs with every new
So, What's Next?
Maybe not 6G, but probably around 9G we fully expect complete interactivity with all devices, brain implants and perhaps even telepathy.