6G, high-speed Internet in India and energy sent from space to Earth
Finland and the United States signed a declaration on cooperation in advanced 6G wireless communications. The cooperation aims to create a democratic and transparent 6G system, which is also essential for NATO. The agreement covers research, standardisation and technology development. That initiative is seen as the “free world” response to the development of Chinese communications technology.
In the Indian state of Kerala, a new Internet service called “Kerala Fiber Optic Network” (K-FON) has been launched. As a result, at the beginning of June, 14,000 poor households and 30,000 offices received access to high-speed Internet. The first initiative in India aims to connect 35 million citizens to a 35,000 km fibre optic network. Its minimum available internet speed is 20 Mb/s. The government of Kerala State Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who launched the project in 2019, considers access to the Internet a fundamental right of citizens.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), working on the Space Solar Power Project (SSPP), have demonstrated a prototype device for harvesting solar energy in space and wirelessly transmitting it both in space and to the Earth. The ” Maple ” project (Microwave Array for Power-transfer Low-orbit Experiment) consists of flexible, lightweight microwave power transmitters built using special electronic chips that transfer energy to specific locations.