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5G mobile technology definition underway between the E.U. and China

These two regions are working together to decide on the details of this upcoming tech.

The European Union and China have now agreed to work together in order to be able to come up with a working definition for 5G mobile technology, which is a term that is already heavily used despite the fact that it has not yet been properly define.

So far, there hasn’t been a great deal of agreement that has occurred as a standard understanding of 5G.

Among the only things upon which everyone can agree when it comes to defining 5G mobile technology is that it is what will be built and purchased as the next phase after 4G. Therefore, any agreement that will occur between the E.U. and China could be quite an important one. The agreement will be an expansion of the foundation that occurred between the E.U. and South Korea, back in June 2014, as well as another one that was signed in May 2015 between the E.U. and Japan.

Many companies have already been tossing around their own definitions of 5G mobile technology.

Mobile Technology - European Union & ChinaMany large players in the mobile tech industry have been talking about 5G for the last while, including Samsung Electornics and, even more recently, Verizon. In fact, in September, Verizon said that they were already working on building 5G networks. That said, actual definitions of the technology have not been provided along with the claims, which has left the industry and consumers somewhat in the dark as to what that actually means.

The definitions for 3G and 4G were created by standards bodies including the 3G Patent Partnership (3GPP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). They have taken a much more measured tack toward creating their definitions.

The ITU plans to come up with its own name for 5G mobile technology at some point in October. The prediction has also been that the name will be International Mobile Telecommunications system 2020, as that is the year in which it has predicted that the first equipment for 5G will hit the market. That said, an actual technical standard for the tech likely won’t occur until February of that year.

5G is on its way with a nod from the FCC

The next generation of mobile data technology is now already preparing for life as carriers still work on their 4G LTE.

At the same time that many wireless carriers in the United States and around the world are still working on the roll outs of their 4G LTE networks, Federal regulators in the U.S. are already turning their attention toward 5G.

This next generation of wireless and mobile technology will be tremendously faster than the current best.

The speed that 5G has to offer will be 1,000 times faster than what the average American currently receives from their fixed broadband connection at home. This will represent a revolution in the way that people will be able to access mobile data and could bring a defining difference to various areas such as m-commerce and viewing different types of media content over smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices.

This could mean that 5G will reduce or eliminate some of the obstacles currently faced in wireless technology.

5G - Mobile Technology - FCCThe Federal Communications Commission now believes that this new wireless technology for mobile devices holds a considerable amount of promise within a high energy spectrum that has turned the attention of the industry toward the “millimeter waves” as a result of their frequency. The FCC has stated that it is going to look to the public in order to discover exactly what can be done for the promotion of this technology.

Engineers that have been working to develop this next level of wireless transmission technology have found that the current standard typically requires a considerable line of site connection between the receiver and the source. However, when using an advanced spectrum within the range of 24 gigahertz, which is notably higher than the level at which the majority of mobile devices operate (which is currently within the range below 3GHz), engineers feel that it will be possible for signals to be able to “ricochet” around obstacles.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, spoke about 5G, saying that “Our next-generation networks are going to have to do some heavy lifting,” and added “So how do we meet those demands? We look up. Way, way up. To infinity and beyond.”