Chinese lab claims breakthrough in 6G mobile tech as global standardization race heats up

A Chinese lab says it has made a breakthrough in next-generation mobile communications technology, as the global power struggle over setting standards in the telecommunications industry continues to escalate.

A government-backed institute called Purple Mountain Laboratories said on Wednesday that a research team led by its chief science professor, You Xiaohu, had achieved sixth-generation (6G) wireless transmission of up to 206 speeds, 25 gigabits per second for the first time in a lab environment, according to a statement on its website.

The project was supported by a special government project on 6G and carried out in collaboration with telecommunications giant China Mobile and Fudan University.

The achieved speed is a world record for real-time wireless transmission in the terahertz frequency band (300 GHz ~ 3 THz), which is considered the foundation of future 6G mobile communications, according to Purple Mountain’s statement.

6G wireless communication technology will succeed the current 5G cellular technology, which is still being rolled out in several countries. 5G can transfer data at a speed 20 times faster than previous standards.

5G was designed to deliver faster data rates, ultra-low latency, power savings, cost reductions, higher system capacity, and massive device connectivity, powering new smart services for consumers. consumers and an industrial upgrade.

The world has yet to agree on technical standards that would support 6G frequencies, signal modulations and waveforms. 3GPP, one of the world’s leading communications standards bodies, has yet to announce a roadmap for 6G.

Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co, which is a leading supplier of 5G network equipment, expects 6G technology to enter the market around 2030.

Ericsson, also a leading 5G equipment maker, predicts the first standards for 6G could be released in 2027, according to a report by Light Reading, an industry research group.

Asked about Huawei’s views on 6G, Huawei’s rotating chairman Xu Zhijun said at a press conference in September last year that “we don’t know what 6G is now. “, although Huawei hopes to work with the industry to define what 6G is over the next decade.

China has the most 5G base stations in the world. By November last year, China had built and commissioned about 1.4 million base stations across the country.

However, the rollout of 5G services has been slow, with the industry still struggling to find a killer application for everyday users due to high development and deployment costs. – South China Morning Post

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