Professors of electrical and computer engineering explained that we have more options for communications at 6G frequency than previously thought. Think of it as something like early explorers suddenly discovering the gulf stream.
Most recently researchers has gained that understanding by performing a series of highly detailed measurements on possible 6G frequencies, called Terahertz band. Their work yielded some surprising results that will help in the design of 6G. “Researchers have long believed that as we move up into 6G frequency, the ways in which a signal can reach a receiver will be greatly limited, their work shows that in a number of important situations that is not actually the case.
Moving up to a higher frequency like Terahertz presents several challenges. At higher frequencies these waves become harder to manage, making it easy to lose connection. New algorithms must also be developed that will allow processing to happen at the new bandwidth. Finally, completely new hardware that can function in this new zone has to be engineered. Engineer’s are testing on the 6G frequency which will help these challenges to actually be addressed.
Making 6G technology a reality is an important step towards realizing a whole host of new applications. Engineer’s have identified three that they believe will be front and center: haptic internet, mobile edge computing, and holographic communications. All three of these areas have the potential to change the face of communications, health, transportation, education, and more.
In a short time, Researcher has already shed an enormous amount of light onto the nature of 6G frequencies. But he is quick to point out that there is still much we need to understand before we can begin building practical tools that work in this space. Their first round of measurements has so far been extremely successful. But many more measurements must be taken before they understand communicating at these enough to make 6G an everyday reality.