Although there is no specific 6G Standard yet, there are technologies already in development that can be used to achieve 6G’s benefits.
For example, the primary conduit for 6G technology will be the terahertz frequency. 6G is expected to utilize frequencies up to 3 THz which will result in massive bandwidth availability.
It’s possible that 6G networks will top out at speeds of one terabit per second (Tbps) on internet devices. That would be about 100 times faster than 10 Gbps, the hypothetical top speed of 5G.
This incredible bump in speed is due to 6G tapping into the higher radio band in the spectrum of 95GHz to 3THz (terahertz). In other words, 6G will be driven by terahertz waves, also known as submillimeter waves.
Improved antenna technology is also being developed to support the use of THz frequencies. It’s commonly known that Massive MIMO technology (developed for mm-Wave 5G) needs to be improved. This may include Metamaterial based Antennas and RF Front-End and Orbital Angular Momentum technologies.
Additionally, ongoing work continues in network topology in preparation for 6G. One of the trends that continues to make progress in the evolution of network topology is the use of non-terrestrial network components like satellite and High-Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS).
The 6G technology market is expected to facilitate large improvements in the areas of imaging, presence technology and location awareness. Working in conjunction with artificial intelligence (AI), the 6G computational infrastructure will be able to identify the best place for computing to occur; this includes decisions about data storage, processing and sharing.
Another target 6G technology is aiming for is something called orthogonal frequency-division multiple access. This will allow access points to serve multiple clients at the same time.
6G technology will also enable much faster sampling rates than with 5G. This will also provide significantly better throughput and higher data rates.
The use of sub-mm waves — wavelengths less than 1 millimeter — and frequency selectivity to determine relative electromagnetic absorption rates is expected to advance the development of wireless sensing technology.
Then there’s mobile edge computing which is expected to be built into 6G networks. Edge and core computing will be more integrated as part of a combined communications and computation infrastructure framework by the time 6G networks are deployed.
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Participants also learn how 6G technology is expected to be designed to meet the revolutionary needs of our society, integrated into the 5G network architecture and related wired and wireless communications systems.
In the Tonex 6G Technology Training course, attendees will also examine the 6G Vision, 6G Roadmap, and 6G Technologies being touted for 6G. There’s also a thorough look at 6G Applications Use Cases that will likely be part of the 6G journey.
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