Spanish carrier Telefónica offer “4.9G” LTE using currently available Samsung Galaxy S9, delivering up to 1Gbps speeds until 5G is ready.
Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ sports Qualcomm's X20 Gigabit LTE modem that can also top at 1.2Gbps, provided that your carrier can supply such speeds.
Telefónica, Samsung, and Nokia jointly announced that they’ve succeeded in delivering over 1Gbps data rates — by aggregating three bands of licensed radio spectrum.
The “LTE Advanced Pro” technology is being called "4.9G" because it nearly rivals upcoming 5G in data speeds. While carriers expect 5G to hit between 2Gbps and 5Gbps peaks depending on a variety of factors.
However, 5G will also deliver radically improved responsiveness, also known as reduced latency, as well as new security features missing from 4.9G.
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ already contain the LTE Advanced Pro hardware necessary to support these high data speeds, and Qualcomm is similarly offering chips that support 4.9G.
As of today, 4.9G’s availability is limited, but it will continue to grow in the lead-up to 5G. In January, the carrier promised to use the two cities as initial 5G launching and testing grounds starting in 2018, ahead of a full Spanish rollout in 2020.
Well, we are hearing that the Galaxy S10 will come with 5G network support, is that great? Yeah, it is.
Source | Via