British and Germans work together on successor lte

Two British and a German university will collaborate on the development of ‘5G’. The successor to lte should make it possible to download an 800 megabyte film within a second, British Prime Minister Cameron said at the Cebit fair in Germany.

The universities that will work together are those of Dresden, King’s College University in London and the University of Surrey, PCPro reports, which attended a joint speech by Prime Minister Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Several parties have been working on the successor to lte for some time, including the Japanese provider NTT Docomo, which promises that 5g will be a hundred times as fast as 4g.

It is not yet known exactly what speeds are aimed for, but Cameron is said to have said that 5G should make it possible to download an 800 megabyte movie within a second. That means a throughput of at least 6.4 gigabits per second. That is considerably faster than lte, which offers a maximum of 300Mbit/s, but less fast than lte-advanced, which has not yet been rolled out, but should enable speeds of up to 8.6Gbit/s.

The universities will share their ideas with each other, but it is not clear how deep the collaboration goes. As far as is known, no government money is going to the investigation, according to PC Pro. Earlier, European Commissioner Neelie Kroes said that 5g should be live in Europe by 2020.

Furthermore, Cameron has indicated that 73 million British pounds, or 88 million euros, is being invested in research into the internet of things, in which, for example, household appliances are connected to the internet.