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SAMSUNG claims to have stolen a march on its competitors which will allow users to download entire films to their phone or tablet in less than a second.

The South Korean tech giant hopes that 5G - or fifth generation - mobile broadband, will be available for the average consumer by 2020.

In a statement, the company said: "5G will be capable of providing a ubiquitous Gbps (gigabit per second) experience to subscribers anywhere and offers data transmission speeds of up to several tens of Gbps per base station.

"The implementation of a high-speed 5G cellular network requires a broad band of frequencies, much like an increased water flow requires a wider pipe. While it was a recognized option, it has been long believed that the millimeter-wave bands had limitations in transmitting data over long distances due to its unfavorable propagation characteristics.

"However, Samsung’s new adaptive array transceiver technology has proved itself as a successful solution. It transmits data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28 GHz at a speed of up to 1.056 Gbps to a distance of up to 2 kilometers.

"Samsung plans to accelerate the research and development of 5G mobile communications technologies, including adaptive array transceiver at the millimeter-wave bands, to commercialize those technologies by 2020."

Last year, the University of Surrey announced £35m funding for a research centre backed by Samsung, as well as Huawei, Fujitsu, Telefonica and others.

Up to now, scientists believed high-frequency wavebands were unsuitable for long-range communications required by mobile networks.

Independent News Service