Samsung says it has successfully tested super-fast 5G wireless technology that would eventually allow users to download an entire movie in a matter of seconds.
The South Korean electronics giant said the test had resulted in data transmission of more than one gigabit per second (Gbps) over a distance of two kilometres.
The new technology, which will not be ready for the commercial market before 2020 at the earliest, would offer transmitting speeds “up to several hundred times faster” than existing 4G networks, the company said in a statement.
That will permit users to “transmit massive data files including high quality digital movies practically without limitation”, it said.
“As a result, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition content, and remote medical services,” it added.
Samsung said it had found a way to harness millimetre-wave bands which have proved to be a sticking point for the mobile industry to date.
The test used 64 antenna elements, which the company said overcame the issue of “unfavourable propagation characteristics” that have prevented data travelling across long distances using the bands.
The federal government’s national broadband network (NBN) will also deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps in some areas by the end of this year, but mobile networks and Labor’s fibre optic NBN have differing strengths.
Mobile data becomes more congested the more people are using it at the same time, and is currently much more expensive than fixed broadband.
Independent telecommunications analyst Chris Coughlan said at such an early stage the 5G wireless technology could not be compared with the NBN. He said there would be questions on how costly the 5G technology would be and how much spectrum it would need to use.