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07 February 2017

Terahertz Transmitter Sends Wireless Data 10 Times Faster Than 5G, Will Boost In-Flight Internet

Illustration of how Terahertz transmission will revolutionize in
flight Internet speeds  (Image courtesy San Diego Union Tribune)
Terahertz Transmitter Sends Wireless Data 10 Times Faster Than 5G, Will Boost In-Flight Internet
by Jayesh Shinde,
 indiatimes.com, 
6 February 2017

Japanese researchers have successfully gone past 5G data speeds to reach terahertz (THz) data transmission speeds that are 10 times faster than 5G -- which is undergoing trials right now.

Where 4G LTE speeds peak out at 50 Mbps in most parts of the world, including in India, 5G data speeds have easily reached over 3 Gbps to 50 Gbps in trials conducted around the world before it launches globally in 2020. In fact, last year some trials in Japan actually saw 5G researchers blast past 100 Gbps wireless data transfer speeds. But this terahertz technology allows researchers to unlock a whole new level of data transmission speed at scale.

The research group developed a transmitter that achieves 105 gigabits per second throughput between 290 GHz to 315 GHz frequency range. Japanese researchers from Hiroshima University spoke very enthusiastically about this new breakthrough, according to research scheduled to be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2017 being held from February 5-9 in San Francisco, California.

Super Fast Data Speeds Not Just A Dream Anymore

"We usually talk about wireless data rates in megabits per second or gigabits per second. But we are now approaching terabits per second using a plain simple single communication channel," said Minoru Fujishima, Professor at Hiroshima University, who’s one of the researchers working on terahertz transmitters.

Just like 3G, 4G and 5G -- which operates in distinctive radio frequency bands to achieve enhanced transmission speeds -- so does terahertz band, which is expected to be used for future ultrahigh-speed wireless communications.

Not just on terrestrial networks, terahertz transmitters could seriously revolutionize how high-capacity, high-bitrate data transfer is achieved between base stations and satellites in earth’s orbit, which could significantly boost in-flight network connection speeds, for example. Streaming video and music services enabling super fast download from content provider’s servers onto millions of mobile devices is also a not so distant dream.

http://www.indiatimes.com/lifestyle/technology/terahertz-transmitter-sends-wireless-data-10-times-faster-than-5g-will-boost-in-flight-internet-271010.html

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