Chinese lab claims world record with 6G breakthrough, 10 to 20 times faster than 5G

A government-backed lab based in the Chinese city of Nanjing recently announced a massive achievement in sixth-generation (6G) mobile network technology.

Researchers at Purple Mountain Laboratories revealed in a statement that they “achieved a wireless transmission speed of 206.25 gigabits per second (Gbps), a world record for real-time wireless transmission,” reported South China Morning Post.

The recorded speed, which was about 10-20 times faster than those of most 5G networks, was a breakthrough for terahertz (THz) wireless communication, CGTN reported.

According to the lab’s research team, they were able to achieve 6G-oriented 100-200 Gbps real-time THz using a 360-430 gigahertz (GHz) high-end wireless communication system developed in-house.

Lead researcher You Xiaohu highlighted the importance of THz transmission technologies for 6G networks, noting its potential when used with augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), the metaverse and other currently developing technologies. You also cited potential “space-earth-sea communication” using THz technologies in the future.

While Purple Mountain Laboratories’s achievement is promising, global research on 6G remains in its initial phase. The commercial deployment of such technology could start as early as 2028, according to a May 2021 report by ABI Research.

Featured Image via CGTN

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