Operating on the 300-GHz band, researchers have recently announced an operating, working transmitter capable of delivering wireless communications greater than 100 Gbit/s – long the stuff of legend. This is basically equivalent to recent wired, fibre optic milestones. But of course you don’t tether fibre optic cables to airplanes, so the achievement could provide in-flight wireless communications at terrestrial wired speeds; and for everyone not in-flight it would basically blanket the earth with high-speed always-on internet-everywhere-you-are. We’re talking Earth 2.0 connectivity here!
Hiroshima, Japan – Hiroshima University, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, and Panasonic Corporation announced the development of a terahertz (THz) transmitter capable of transmitting digital data at a rate exceeding 100 gigabits (= 0.1 terabit) per second over a single channel using the 300-GHz band. This technology enables data rates 10 times or more faster than that offered by the fifth-generation mobile networks (5G), expected to appear around 2020. Details of the technology will be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2017 to be held from February 5 to February 9 in San Francisco, California .