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With standalone (SA) 5G still months away, it may seem premature to get into 6G.

It isn’t.

For organizations that want a leg up on their competition, now is the time to delve into the next big chapter in network technology. 6G will have huge implications for just about everyone including providing many government and industry solutions in public safety and critical asset protection such as:

  • Health monitoring
  • Feature and facial recognition
  • Threat detection
  • Gas and toxicity sensing

With 6G poised to operate on a much higher frequency than 5G (for example the FCC granted >95GHz for experimental use), the shorter wavelengths will allow for higher localization accuracy, possibly down to centimeter level positioning.

One outcome of such precision will be full digital representations of the physical world, or “digital twins,” by also fusing data from other sources including network data. Network operators will also be able to generate interconnected and collaborative digital twins, and digital representation of larger objects and their environment.

The leading use cases expected for 6G are shared by most experts in the field such as vastly increased interaction between human and intelligent machine. Sometimes referred to as  “Internet of Senses,” this includes both enhanced brain-computer interaction, and in-body monitoring.

Another key use case is being referred to as  Internet of AI, meaning AI interacting with each other as in intelligent machines serving other intelligent machines. Such a scenario will have strong implications on network designs which are now limited by human senses.

These use cases and others will be supported by new, advanced underlying technologies that should provide guidelines for research in the discipline in the coming years. New spectrum technologies include both radio technology on the so-called D-Band (140-180GHz) and above, and progress in material sciences.

The commercialization of 6G is expected to start around 2030.

Want to learn more about 6G? Let Tonex be your 6G training source. Tonex can help organizations, companies and agencies stay on top of 6G architecture as it develops.

Tonex offers Introduction to 6G | IMT-2030, a 1-day course that  covers the design motivation and underlying technology of 6G  architecture, as well as new 6G vocabulary terms. Participants learn the differences between 5G and 6G, and understand how 6G will accomplish its goals by observing how it will work.

For more information, questions, comments, contact us.

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