In the U.S. and around the world, we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to 5G. The next generation of wireless connectivity will eventually help create new industries with its faster data speeds and low-latency working to improve the quality of life. But we are not even close yet to enjoying the benefits of 5G throughout the U.S. While all three major stateside carriers offer nationwide 5G, they use low-band signals to do so. While these signals travel long distances, the data speeds barely surpass LTE speeds. It isn’t until you start getting to mid-band and high-band mmWave signals that the speeds start picking up. So if you’re looking at the eventual distribution of high speed 5G, we’re very early in the game.
China starts testing 6G with the launch of a new satellite.
The race to faster wireless speeds isn’t just so you can download The Queen’s Gambit in seconds on your phone instead of in minutes. It also will improve a country’s security and economic well being. And that is why some U.S. officials are not happy to hear that China is taking the first steps toward developing and creating a 6G wireless network. According to the NY Post, a satellite named “Star Era-12” has quietly been shot into space which is the only place where its super high-frequencies can be tested. Thyagarajan Nandagopal of the National Science Foundation (NSF) told the Post that the high bands deployed by the satellite get lost easily in the air. Nandagopal also said that he estimates that the satellite can achieve download data speeds ranging from 100 to 500 Gbps. For the mobile naive, that range is more than 100 times faster than 5G which itself is up to 100 times faster than 4G; in other words, 6G connectivity will be wicked fast.