5G has been on the market for almost two years. While expanding the commercial reach of 5G, telecom operators and telecom equipment suppliers are also developing the next generation of communication technologies, namely 6G.
LG Electronics has successfully transmitted wireless signals in the 6G terahertz frequency band, with a transmission distance of over 100 meters.
LG Electronics announcement that their wireless data transmission in the 6G terahertz frequency band was carried out jointly with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest institution for applied scientific research in Europe.
The company achieved the first 6G wireless data transmission on July 13. They sent the data signal from a slightly higher building, and the data receiving equipment in another building 100 meters away was received without a problem.
LG Electronics leads the development of 6G technology
LG Electronics is one of the first companies in the world to initiate the research and development of 6G technology. As early as January 2019, more than two months before South Korea’s three major telecommunications operators launched 5G commercial services, LG Electronics was at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon. It established a 6G R&D center, headed by Cho Dong-ho, professor of electronics engineering at the Korea Academy of Science and Technology, to initiate research and development of 6G technology.
In terms of 5G, although LG Electronics is not as well known as Huawei, Samsung, Qualcomm, Nokia, Ericsson and other manufacturers with many patents, LG Electronics is also a major global supplier of wireless technology. In addition, they have many patents in 4G. According to various data from market research institutes, LG Electronics ranked first in the world for its patents on LTE and LTE-Advanced technologies from 2012 to 2016.
Still a long way to go
Yes, LG Electronics has successfully transmitted data wirelessly in the 6G terahertz frequency band. But there is still a long way to go for the commercialization of 6G.
Let’s say Ericsson will start manufacturing 6G equipment in 2024 only. Huawei plans to launch a 6G network in 2030. South Korea has already started investing in 6G R&D. The total investment amount is $ 200 million and it will take 5 years.
Well, it should also be pointed out that there is fierce competition between countries as well as between companies. China and South Korea have taken the initiative to launch the first 5G networks. Thus, the United States and Europe have fallen behind. So now they’re doing their best not to allow the same scenario to be repeated. Google and Apple have already joined the 6G group to stimulate the development of new technology in the United States; Huawei, ZTE and OPPO are helping China for the same goal; Ericsson and Nokia want the EU not to give in to their competitors. But as LG Electronics believes, this technology will be commercially available no earlier than 2029/2030.