5G is expected by 2020, but nobody really knows what it is

Samsung, the European Commission’s Horizon, the South Korean government, and several others are devoting billions of dollars towards researching and developing 5G in the hopes that it can be implemented by 2020. The problem is, nobody is really sure what 5G is, there isn’t a clear definition. 

Don’t feel bad if you don’t really know anything about 5G wireless networking because, by most standards, it doesn’t actually exist yet. The cross-pollination of codified specifications, new products, and technological innovation required hasn’t yet brought 5G to fruition. What there has been, however, is a lot of hype. Samsung grabbed attention in May with its announcement of a 1Gbps wireless connection it referred to as “5G,” saying it would bring the capability to its production smartphones by 2020.

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