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5G Is So 2019 – 6G Wireless Is Being Discussed Already

A whitepaper entitled “Key Drivers and Research Challenges for 6G Ubiquitous Wireless Intelligence” has been published and is the first such whitepaper of it’s kind. It is born out of the 6G Wireless Summit held in Finish Lapland back in March 2019 and looks to clarify some of the key positioning around 6G and how it might come to pass.

The first 6G whitepaper published is split into 6 discreet themes;

  • Societal and Business Drivers For 6G
  • 6G Use Cases and New Device Forms
  • 6G Spectrum and KPI Targets
  • Radio Hardware Progress and Challenges
  • Physical Layer and Wireless System
  • 6G Networking
  • New Service Enablers

“As 5G research is maturing and continues to support global standardisation, we must already engage in mapping what 6G can become at its boldest” -Matti Latva-aho, Director of 6G Flagship at the University of Oulu

New services being enabled by 6G are suggested to be telepresence, which is the use of virtual reality technology for remote control of machinery or remote event participation, as well as more complex wearable solutions.

6G Enablers
Moving from 5G to 6G – Image courtesy: 6G Flagship

Furthermore, 6G is looking to deliver up to 1 Tbps per user interaction which dwarfs the theoretic 2Gbps currently enabled by 5G networks, although it will take many years for the infrastructure to grow to support such speeds. The whitepaper further suggests that machine learning and AI will play extremely vital roles in any 6G solutions that will emerge.

70 experts conjured up a powerful vision for a 6G future in this whitepaper, and explore the key milestones to enabling the services and products that will shape the future of data interchange. It’s a deep read!

To read the whitepaper in full, download the PDF.

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