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NTT DoCoMo Dreams of a “5G” Network 100 Times Faster Than LTE

by Ron Duwell | October 1, 2013October 1, 2013 11:00 am PDT

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NTT DoCoMo has unveiled its vision for a new “5G” network it wishes to implant throughout Japan. The country’s largest carrier currently has half the population subscribing to its current network and wants to expand to ease the load on its crowded 3GHz space.

Engadget and SlashGear both report from the floor of CEATEC 2013, Japan’s communications convention in Chiba, that DoCoMo has brought a small chart showing how it intends to bring this plan to life. While still in the planning process, DoCoMo hopes that the network will sport “1000 times the capacity and 100 times the speed as the current network.”

The plan involves using smaller cells throughout the country on top of the current 4G network to broadcast higher frequencies in smaller regions. NTT DoCoMo has stated that it wants to finish the project by 2020.

NTT DoCoMo’s plans runs alongside Samsung and Huawei, two companies that are both currently working on 5G networks. Samsung has managed to nail some impressive speeds but said that the range was proving to be a problem.

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