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Japan develops world’s first 6G device that’s 20 times quicker than 5G

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  • A group of telecom companies in Japan created the world’s first 6G device
  • It can pull off speeds 20 times faster than 5G
  • It’s the beginning of the 6G era

Published on May 8, 2024 at 11:47AM (UTC+4)

Last updated on May 9, 2024 at 6:23PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Tom Wood

It’s time to say goodbye to 5G, because a group of telecom firms in Japan just developed a high-speed 6G device, which is 20 times faster than 5G.

That’s right — the 6G device uses a new technology that allows it to transfer data at higher speeds.

It can transmit data wirelessly at 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) over distances up to more than 300 feet.

That’s quite remarkable, isn’t it?

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We still don’t have complete 5G coverage everywhere in the world, and the race to 6G is already on.

So, who is behind this new technology?

A Japanese consortium of four leading telecom companies — DOCOMO, NEC Corporation, NTT Corporation, and Fujitsu collaborated to create the prototype.

Upon thorough testing, they found that the prototype device could achieve such high speeds using the 100 gigahertz (GHz) and 300 GHz wireless bands.

They conducted the tests at an exact distance of 328 feet (100 meters) from a transmitter.

That’s not too far, but it’s a promising sign for the future of wireless 6G tech.

Most countries seem to be racing towards enabling 6G capabilities these days.

Only recently, the UAE announced plans to launch 6G technology by 2030.

Developing a new technology from scratch is quite a task, and requires a lot of research, patience, and, of course, money in the bank.

Japan seems to be committed to the cause, and companies from the Asian country are investing in wireless tech.

The country’s plan to dispatch solar-powered flying 5G mobile stations is a clear example of that.

Further, the companies behind the 6G devices are using sub-terahertz bands to progress towards the 6G era.

However, as mentioned in a company statement, the researchers working on the project need to overcome some technical problems.

In simple terms, they need to create more of these new devices from scratch to figure out a stable 6G connection that everyone in the future could use.

While the news may seem exciting, we are still far from having ultra-fast internet speeds on our smartphones.

A conventional 6G rollout would require all phones to have standard specifications that could support new frequency bands.

And then, there’s the problem of infrastructure.

While most countries can fast-track that problem, it would still take a lot of time.

It’s safe to say that we are still a handful of years away from having insanely high internet speeds over the 5G successor.

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