The Chinese government-backed Purple Mountain Laboratories said a research team has achieved 6G level wireless transmission at speeds of 206.25 gigabits per second for the first time in a laboratory environment, South China Morning Post reported.
According to the report, the test was supported by a special government project on still unstandardized 6G systems and carried out in collaboration with telecommunications operator China Mobile and Fudan University. The speed achieved claims to be a world record for real-time wireless transmission in the terahertz frequency band, which is believed to be the basis for future 6G mobile communications, according to Purple Mountain Laboratories.
The lab noted that the achievement has a wide range of application prospects, as it can be integrated with existing fiber optic networks to expand outdoor and indoor ultra-fast 100-1000 Gbps wireless access, replace networks fiber optic network to achieve rapid deployment and replace the huge amount of cables in the data center to significantly reduce costs and power consumption, according to a report from the Chinese newspaper World time.
China is responsible for 40.3% of 6G patent filings worldwide, followed by the United States with 35.2%. Japan with 9.9%, Europe with 8.9% and South Korea with 4.2%, according to a recent report by Nikkei.
Nikkei worked with Tokyo-based research firm Cyber Creative Institute to investigate nearly 20,000 patent applications for nine core technologies in 6G, including communications, quantum technology, base stations and artificial intelligence.
According to the report, China’s 6G patent applications are mainly related to mobile infrastructure technology. Many of the latest patents have been filed by Chinese supplier Huawei, while other major Chinese patent holders include state-owned companies including State Grid Corporation of China and China Aerospace Science and Technology.
Huawei plans to launch 6G products around 2030, the company’s rotating chairman Eric Xu Zhiju previously said.
According to an article written by Xu, the not yet standardized 6G has a more complicated technological environment than 5G, with an impact likely to come from several technologies such as cloud computing, blockchain and big data.
The executive noted that the provider started investing in 6G research in 2017.
The Chinese government has already started researching 6G technology. According to previous Chinese state media reports, government departments and research institutes have held initial meetings with the aim of establishing a national 6G technology research and development group. The Ministry of Science and Technology said it will set up two working groups to conduct 6G research activities.
Wireless CPR News published an editorial report on future 6G technology titled “Is It Really Time to Start Talking About 6G?” , In which key industry executives and analysts discuss initial efforts towards the future development of 6G. Click here to access the report.