Oppo is one step closer to launching a commercial 5G smartphone, as the Chinese smartphone vendor announced big progress on that front Tuesday. The Guangdong-based company said it has successfully completed the connection of 5G signaling and data links based on commercial mobile phones, making it the first Chinese... read full story
"The connection of telecom signal and data links is prerequisite for reliable communication on 5G mobile phones. The test will promote the maturity of 5G smartphones, and lays down a solid foundation for us to release fully commercial 5G products in 2019."
Photo: Oppo shop in Plaza Merdeka, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
5G (5th generation mobile networks or 5th generation wireless systems) is a name used in some research papers and projects to denote the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the 4G/IMT-Advanced standards effective since 2011. At present, 5G is not a term officially used for any particular specification or in any official document yet made public by telecommunication companies or standardization bodies such as 3GPP, WiMAX Forum, or ITU-R. New standard releases beyond 4G are in progress by standardization bodies, but are at this time not considered as new mobile generations but under the 4G umbrella.
5G is sometimes used to refer to alternatives to these technologies based on the IEEE standards: mesh networks based on 802.11n protocol, IEEE 802.11u authentication and IEEE 802.21 handoff, the IEEE P1905 hybrid networking and the OpenFlow/OpenRadio methods of sharing backhaul (telecommunications). Almost all smartphones and tablets as of 2012 supported these standards, along with literally all notebook/laptops, and were able to prefer their (generally unmetered) use to 4G networks. However, to use these as a genuine replacement for 4G would typically require more coverage than is thought feasible outside large urban areas.read more ...