5G broadband offering speeds of up to 10Gb could be a commercial reality before the end of the decade, it has been suggested.
Chinese networking giant Huawei claims to have successfully carried out laboratory tests of the industry's first ever 10Gb Wi-Fi connection.
As reported by Tech Week Europe, a prototype designed by the company achieved a data transmission rate of 10.53Gb using the 5GHz spectrum.
Researchers believe this is a significant step towards the launch of ultra-fast wireless networks, and next-generation Wi-Fi could be available by 2018.
The standard would need to be approved by industry regulators, but Huawei expects the technology to be ready by this point.
It is planning to invest £374 million into research and development for 5G technologies over the next half-decade.
Huawei believes increased spectrum efficiency can help deliver wireless speeds around 100 times faster than those available on 4G tablets and other web-enabled mobile devices.