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China Launches 6G Satellite Into Space

Drew Fossen Drew Fossen
25th November 2020
China Launches 6G Satellite Into Space
China launched the world’s first 6G test satellite (Getty Images).

The Claim

China launched a 6G satellite into space.

Emerging story

The claim was posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and various news sites in November 2020.

Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar’s investigation found this claim to be true. 5G hasn’t even been rolled out properly in most of the world, and China is already looking ahead to 6G. China launched the world’s first 6G test satellite, called Star Era-12, into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on November 6, 2020. A video of the launch is below.

National Science Foundation’s Thyagarajan Nandagopal explained that the satellite has frequency bands so high that they have to be tested in space so the signals won’t be lost as easily as in the air. Nandagopal estimates this 6G technology to be 100 times faster than 5G.

5G is currently being rolled out across the world, with China leading the way. According to the President of the China Academy for Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), more than 110 million users in China have signed up for 5G plans as of September 2020, placing China far ahead of every other country in the quest to make 5G readily available to its citizens.

5G is estimated to be 100 times faster than 4G. If we do the math, this makes 6G 10,000 times faster than the 4G that most people are using in 2020.

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