6G, The Wireless Evolution mapped to IMT-2030 Network 2030. A Blueprint of Modern Technology, Applications, Digital Society. What are Market Drivers Toward the Year 2030 and Beyond?
Technology doesn’t sleep.
Even though the 5G mobile communications standard is still in the early days of its deployment, the tech world is already bantering around ideas on what the next generation – 6G – might look like.
This is not unexpected because the technology that goes into 5G’s successor will take some time to develop.
6G’s current timeline for deployment looks to be in the 2030-2035 range – a timeline in step with the run of previous generations:
1G – Available during the 1980s
2G – Available during the 1990s
3G – Started deployment around 2003
4G – Initial deployments began in 2009
5G – Began its U.S. rollout in 2019 and is expected to be the dominant generation for the next decade.
If 6G is to be able to meet the needs of the mobile communications industry when it is launched and for some while afterward, then it will need to use up to the minute technology – technology which is not available currently available.
There are already several 6G technology projects that are underway and some organizations are even starting early development. For example, the South Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute is conducting research on the Terahertz band technology for 6G. It is hoping to make 6G 100 times faster than 4G LTE and five times faster than 5G networks.
Institutions and government entities in the U.S. have also assiduously put together plans for 6G research and standards. The U.S. is planning to open up 6G frequency spectrum at frequencies between 95 GHz and 3 THz for early research and development, although this will require approval from the Federal Communications Commission FCC for frequencies over 95 gigahertz GHz to 3 THz.
Then there’s the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency that coordinates wireless standards. It was created in 2018 to find and research post-5G tech that could surface in 2030 and further into the future.
One 6G technological advance is it’s expected to bring self-driving vehicles to their full potential — more so than 5G could. With 5G, it would take at least seven seconds for autonomous vehicles to send live footage to computers for analysis and instructions to be sent back to the car, according to The Wall Street Journal. Seven seconds is deemed too slow as too much could happen on a crowded street in that amount of time — especially when the same back-and-forth could happen without a delay on 6G.
Other enhancements that people imagine 6G bringing include doctors remotely performing surgery with robots without dangerous lag time, and high-resolution holograms attending business meetings. The holograms would mimic the remote attendees’ movements in real time.
Meanwhile, 6G could bring factories the necessary bandwidth and speed to support increased production from automated, cloud-connected machines.
Bottom line: Even though the commercialization of 6G may be a decade away, that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Organizations that want to get a jump on this exciting new technology can learn much more in courses offered by Tonex.
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