China has successfully deployed what has been described as the “first 6 G satellite in the world” into orbit to test the software.
It went into space along with 12 other satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the province of Shanxi.
The telecommunications industry is only a few years away from settling on 6 G specifications, but it is not yet clear if the equipment being tested will make it a final standard.
It includes using high-frequency terahertz waves to reach data transfer rates that are likely to be several times higher than 5G.
The satellite also contains technology that can be used to track crop disasters and prevent forest fires.