(Image from iaf.fraunhofer.de - Photo Jörg Eisenbeis, KIT)
Strides on improving data transfer rates on cable connected devices are whats hot right now like USB 3.0, USB Type-C, Lightning adapter, Fiber Optics. But, here comes a news that breaks down that trend.
The issue here is using the radio frequency of 71–76 GHz in the so-called E band, regulated for terrestrial and satellite broadcasting. With this, it could be possible to drop down internet signals to remote places where placing hard-lines is next to impossible.
The transmission of high quantities of data by radio over large distances serves a high number of important application areas: the next generation of satellite communication requires an ever-increasing data offload from earth observation satellites down to earth. Supplying the rural area and remote regions with fast Internet is possible as shown in the trial. 250 Internet connections can be supplied with 24 Mbit/s ADSL. Terrestrial radio transmissions in E-band are suitable as a cost-effective replacement for deployment of optical fiber or as ad-hoc networks in the case of crises and catastrophe, and for connecting base stations in the backhaul of mobile communication systems.
With this innovation, cables and crude transfer methods might become obsolete if the transmitters and receivers could be developed at a lower cost. I could already image a number of people on remote areas who could benifit from an internet connection that could give way for faster information dissemination.