Ericsson’s 5G prototype is big because it is still a testbed designed to be used as a tablet, smartphone or PC.It was recently tested in Stockholm, Sweden and Plano, Texas.
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It claims it is the next big revolution in technology, driving the development of everything from connected cars to fast mobile technology and human augmentation. Most in the industry expect 5Gwill be up and running by 2020. And they are closer than ever to that goal. Earlier this year Ericsson began testing out a new 5G device on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden and Plano, Texas. But it wasn’t your ordinary mobile. While it is outperforming every 4G phone on the market today, the device is so large it has to be transported on a cart. According to Fortune, Ericsson’s 5G prototype is so big because it is still a testbed designed to be used as a tablet, smartphone or PC. It can reach speeds of 2 Gbps, which is ten times faster than the 200 Mbps speeds available on many 4G networks. ‘The question is how do we make a system that can connect a whole continent at 10 to 20 Mbps?’ Håkan Andersson, a tech researcher at Ericsson.