Well, Samsung and Qualcomm have just managed to achieve yet another record in 5G download speeds, now reaching 8.08Gbps. Given the fact that the last highest achieved speeds were 5.23Gbps—again by Samsung—in March 2021, this can be considered a significant jump in results. (via AndroidHeadlines)
When the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was first released in February 2019, it was clear that the technology was still in its early stages and not ready for widespread use. Someone had to take the first step, and that someone was Samsung, a corporation that isn’t hesitant to be the first to bring new ideas and technologies. 5G has been pushed farther and further as a technology and as a service during the previous three years. Companies have been attempting to persuade people that this is the future of mobile networking by mentioning it regularly at keynotes and presentations, as well as through advertising.
The tremendous merit was achieved with the Snapdragon X65 5G Modem-RF System, which was a testing device that Qualcomm provided for Samsung to experiment with. The tests were carried out at Plano lab in Texas, thanks to its fully virtualized RAN and Core, mmWave 5G Compact Macro, and Massive MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) radio.
Samsung and Qualcomm were able to get to 8.08Gbps by using New Radio Dual Connectivity (NR-DC) technology to combine mmWave and mid-band 5G spectrums. Consequently, that resulted in 800MHz of mmWave frequencies and 100MHz of mid-band ones.
If we go through the history of these records, it quickly becomes clear that this download speed record-breaking is far from over. In 2018 the best-achieved results amounted to just 1.7Gbps, in 2019 2.65Gps, and in 2020 it was 4.3Gps.
All of that being said, as far as 5G has come, the fact is that many still can’t make use of it. Providers are racing to increase their coverage worldwide, but that will probably take at least a few more years before becoming a reality. The good news is that during that time, companies like Samsung and Qualcomm will continue to develop 5G technology, perfecting it even more.