LG has probably figured out 6G sooner than any other tech giant in the world. Showcasing its global leadership in mobile network technology, LG announced that it has successfully tested the wireless transmission and reception of 6G terahertz (THz) data – at a frequency range of 155 to 175 GHz – over a distance of 320 meters outdoors.
The experiment that was carried out on September 7 at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) in Berlin, Germany, represents a significant step toward commercializing 6G THz in both indoor and outdoor urban areas for a distance of approximately 250 meters outdoors. It is also a major jump from August last year when LG proved it could transfer 6G THz data over a distance of 100 meters outdoors.
To address issues surrounding the shorter range, LG, Fraunhofer HHI, and Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) have co-developed a power amplifier capable of increasing transmission strength, and a receiver low-noise amplifier that improves incoming signal quality.
“With the success of our latest demonstration, we are one step closer to realizing 6G speeds of 1 terabit (TB) per second in both indoor and outdoor urban areas,” said Dr. Kim Byoung-hoon, CTO and executive vice president of LG Electronics. “LG will continue to cooperate with research institutes and industry innovators to further solidify its leadership in 6G technology. We expect 6G to be a major driver of future business and new user experiences, and there is no place we’d rather be than at the forefront of its development.”