Samsung promises ‘five times faster’ WiFi in 2015 with 60GHz 802.11ad tech breakthrough


Samsung may have issued a profit warning last week, but it is not all doom and gloom at the South Korean tech giant as they also claim that they have developed a 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi technology that offers speeds five times faster than current gear.

Current WiFi tech uses the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums with speeds of up to 866Mbps (108MB/s), but Samsung’s 802.11ad gear makes use of the currently unlicensed 60GHz spectrum, which means speeds of up to 4.6Gbps (575MB/s) are possible. These speeds would mean downloading a full HD movie would only take a few seconds.

The 802.11ad standard and use of the 60GHz spectrum are not new ideas, but Samsung claims to have overcome the interference problems that stopped the signals travelling over longer distances with new modem and antenna technologies. Even more exiting is that Samsung believes that it can bring this technology to the market in early 2015 – that’s next year!

Photograph by Manuel Iglesias

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