Even though 5G smartphones represented just 12 percent of all smartphones sold last year, telcos and researchers are already developing the sixth generation standard for wireless communications technologies, referred to simply as 6G.
Recently, Samsung Electronics in collaboration with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have demonstrated a 6G Terahertz (THz) wireless communication prototype, paving the way for peak data rates that are as much as 50 times faster than 5G.
“As we shared in our 6G vision white paper last year, we believe new spectrum opportunities at the THz spectrum will become a driving force of 6G technology,” said Senior Vice President Sunghyun Choi, an IEEE Fellow and Head of the Advanced Communication Research Center at Samsung Research. “This demonstration can be a major milestone in exploring the feasibility of using the THz spectrum for 6G wireless communications.”
Samsung’s end-to-end prototype system was able to achieve real-time throughput of 6.2 Gbps over a 15-meter distance, in part thanks to a precise digital beamforming calibration algorithm that allows for high beamforming gain.
That’s even more than the current 5G record, which was achieved in March of this year by Nikia and Turk Telekom. During their 5G trial, the two companies successfully transferred data across Turk Telekom’s 26Ghz mmWave spectrum at a peak speed of 4.5 Gbps. If everything goes according to plan, the first 6G networks could launch commercially in 2030.
Since regular smartphone users don’t really need an absurd amount of bandwidth to enjoy social media, stream high-resolution content, or video-chat with colleagues and friends, it’s likely that the adoption of 6G will be driven mainly by emerging mobile use scenarios, such as virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), the Internet of Things (IoT), and people living in isolated areas where wired internet access isn’t available.
UAE Comes Out Strongly In Guinness World Records 2023
Guinness, the renowned cataloger of record-breaking events, has released its latest annual, after sifting through 40,000 applications — and the Arab world is heavily featured.
Guinness World Records, the authority on record-breaking global achievements, has just announced its latest release, “Guinness World Records 2023 (GWR2023),” which will be available online and in physical stores across the Arab region from today.
As usual, GWR 2023 features all of the latest achievements from around the world (and space!), with special features and updated graphics to bring the stories to life.
So why the interest in the latest Guinness installment? Well, it turns out the Arab Region is strongly represented in the book, with more than 50 records featured in the new edition, which is no mean feat considering the volume of competition.
“We’ve sifted through nearly 40,000 record applications over the past year to bring you Guinness World Records 2023. People from all walks of life continue to be fascinated by extremes, and we’ve received claims from across the planet – indeed, even from space! This is why I’ve said the new edition is out of this world,” says Craig Glenday, Guinness Editor in Chief.
Of interest to readers of this platform, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates both get to flex their record-breaking muscles.
Saudi Arabia claims the title of “Largest LED Structure and Suspended Ornament” courtesy of the Noor Riyadh Festival, as well as other weird and wonderful titles, including the “Largest Lego Formula 1 Car”, as well as perhaps more prestigious honors, such as “Largest Mirrored Building”, “Largest Clock Face”, “Tallest Lighthouse” and the “Largest Geodesic Dome”.
Not to be outdone, the UAE has claimed several humanitarian record-breaking titles, including the “Longest Video Livestream” (by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and pan Arab influencer Hassan Suleiman), the “Largest Donation for Medical Treatment”, and the “Most Awareness Ribbons Made in One Hour”.
On the tech front, the UAE also claims several prestigious firsts, including “First 3D-Printed Laboratory”, while the world-renowned Burj Khalifa hangs on to its title of “World’s Tallest Building”.