12th November 2020: Whilst engineers in most countries are still trying to install 5G networks, China has sent the ‘world’s first 6G’ test satellite into orbit.
As per reports from RTT, China has successfully sent 13 satellites into orbit this month with a single rocket, including the world’s first 6G experimental satellite. RT correspondent John Huddy looks at Beijing’s space ambitions.
It was launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the Shanxi Province. But while there is a huge buzz around what kind of exciting speeds 6G could bring, the telecoms industry hasn’t agreed on any specifications for the network yet, or even on the tech that was just shot into orbit.
Reportedly, the satellite is commercial but will be used for research and to experiment with 6G communications technology. It will use high-frequency terahertz waves to achieve data-transmission speeds many times faster than 5G is thought to be capable of.
The satellite is also kitted out with crop disaster monitoring and forest fire prevention tech.
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