Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has developed “adaptive array transceiver technology” that could be used for fifth generation, or 5G, mobile networks as soon as 2020, the company said Monday. In a release, Samsung said the new transceiver technology would allow mobile carriers to offer a “ubiquitous Gbps experience” to their subscribers by transmitting data over the “millimeter-wave Ka bands,” from 26.5 GHz to 40 GHz. It said the technology would help transmit data over long distances on the Ka bands. “The implementation of a high-speed 5G cellular network requires a broad band of frequencies, much like an increased water flow requires a wider pipe,” the company said. “While it was a recognized option, it has been long believed that the millimeter-wave bands had limitations in transmitting data over long distances due to its unfavorable propagation characteristics.” Samsung said the technology could transmit data at speeds of up to 1.056 Gbps on the 28 GHz band over a distance of up to two kilometres. The company said it will now “accelerate the research and development” of 5G technologies with the goal of commercializing it by 2020. “Samsung’s latest innovation is expected to invigorate research into 5G cellular communications across the world; the company believes it will trigger the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialization of related mobile broadband services,” the release said. Commercialization “will allow users to transmit massive data files including high quality digital movies practically without limitation,” the company said. “As a result, subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of services such as 3D movies and games, real-time streaming of ultra high-definition (UHD) content, and remote medical services,” Samsung said.