China has begun work on the next level of wireless connectivity, 6G, according to a report by the South China Morning Post. The report states that researchers in the country distributed 1 terabyte of data over 3300 m/s, a record-breaking record set Wednesday by a team led by Professor Zhang Chao of Tsinghua University Aviation Engineering School.
Researchers have obtained this record using the highest frequency radio waves known as vortex millimeters. This so-called 6G technology can be used to improve weapons and defense systems. Tests prove that hypersonic weapons (those that are five times faster or faster than the speed of sound) will be able to use 6G for targeting and communication.
The professor added that these signals add “new dimensions to wireless transmission” and mean that China is “the world leader in the study of critical 6G technology.” Modern technology uses two-dimensional electric waves to represent information. The millimeters of vortex waves have three sides that resemble the movement of a hurricane.
This circular motion may contain additional information that may increase the network bandwidth. The team working on this success in China has created a single-type transmitter that allows waves to rotate in three different directions to carry additional data. At the same time, a special reception device was developed that could process large amounts of data per second.
By 2020, the Japanese company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone used vortex waves to generate data speeds of more than 200Gbps over 33 feet.
A 6G researcher working for the Beijing government in Beijing said this was the “beginning of a revolution” in communications technology. The researcher asked not to be named for the secret work he was doing but added that “the most exciting thing is not just speed. It’s about introducing a new body element, which could lead to a whole new world of almost endless possibilities.”
China owns 40% of the world’s 6G patents
The report says the commercial launch of 6G could begin in 2030 in China, although the military may be able to use it early because performance is more important to them than cost. A team of researchers in Tianjin said in January they developed a terahertz transmitter, another technology that could be used for 6G and China’s hypersonic weapons system.
The US is trying to fight back and last April announced a $ 4.5 billion partnership with Japan to implement 6G technology. But a study conducted last September by a Nikkei and Tokyo-based researcher, the Cyber Creative Institute, found that China owns more than 40% of the world’s 5G patents. The US follows with 35% followed by Japan (10%), Europe (9%), and South Korea (4%).
Currently, the Chinese government and the telecommunications sector will focus on 5G as high-band mmWave technology has significantly reduced costs. However, no country wants to take its eyes off 6G which is expected to deliver terabit speeds, 100 times over 5G capacity, and the ability to communicate from underwater to space. And if we look at the voice of the media in China, the plan is to use 6G to improve the country’s military capabilities.