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China Says It’s Winning The Race For 6G Internet

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China Says It’s Winning The Race For 6G Internet

Considering how much uproar and conspiracy theories there were over 5G, you'd think it would be ages before we'd even have to consider a faster type of internet.

However, work is well underway to introduce 6G to the world and it's expected to let the world experience things online even quicker.

But as with any type of emerging technology, there's a race to see who can do it first and the best.

China believes it is leading the world when it comes to the 6G battle and the rest of the world is well behind.

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Chinese companies have already made 35 per cent of the 38,000 patents related to 6G technologies, compared to just 18 per cent for the US and the EU is just getting started.

Three-quarters of those Chinese-led patents relate to artificial intelligence.

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) made an announcement on World Intellectual Property Day that it's leading the 6G race.

China launched the first 6G satellite last year and it's expected to be used to test out a new spectrum of internet speeds. The technology is due to be 100 times faster than 5G, which is very fast.

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The satellite was carried by a Long Mach-6 rocket, pictured here. Credit: Zheng Taotao/Xinhua via PA
The satellite was carried by a Long Mach-6 rocket, pictured here. Credit: Zheng Taotao/Xinhua via PA

It's a way off yet though - China is hoping to roll out the first wave of 6G technology in 2030.

The experimental 6G satellite was carried in a Long-March 6 rocket along with 12 other satellites.

The satellite was carrying several experimental devices with the aim of testing out the high frequency waves that the network will use - terahertz waves.

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The waves are able to carry data at about 50 gigabits per second. That's in comparison with current top speeds of 500 megabytes per second.

Speaking to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, Xu Yangsheng, an engineer at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said: "6G is to combine the satellite communication network with the ground communication network.

"This experimental satellite marks the first time the technology of terahertz communication would be verified when applied in space."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, Technology

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