Ahead of global adoption of the recently launched 5G technology, Samsung is already betting big on the next-gen 6G network
The Korean-based phone maker and tech giant has reportedly scheduled the completion of the 6G network as well as its pilot commercialisation for sometimes not later than 2028
“Fast and Furious” is the race of who pioneers futuristic technology such as the next-gen 6G network, and even though the announcement is rather too early, Samsung seems to be the first to jump on the sixth-generation broadband network train.
Although for many, it appears more or less, a plan to get caught up amid the trend, Samsung in the latest discovery has commenced the development of 6G cellular technology, and as such early-stage commercialization could come as soon as 2028, while a mass rollout could come through 2-years after, sometimes around 2030.
Already, the current 5G cellular network is equipped with a lot of potentials, some of which which are yet to be fully explored by the available technologies; however, while it is known for, among other things, its speedy nature and advanced usage with other futuristic technologies including cloud computing, and Artificial Intelligence, one would wonder the kind of activities the 6G cellular network will be used for.
According to a reliable source, Samsung released a white paper entitled “The Next Hyper-Connected Experience for All,”. Based on this discovery, the 6G will be “characterised by the provision of advanced services such as truly immersive extended reality (XR), high-fidelity mobile hologram and digital replica.” In simpler terms, the 6G cellular technology will be compatible with some of the yet most sophisticated advanced services of humankind.
“While 5G commercialisation is still in its initial stage, it’s never too early to start preparing for 6G because it typically takes around 10 years from the start of research to commercialization of a new generation of communications technology,” Sunghyun Choi, Head of the Advanced Communications Research Center, said in a statement.
“We’ve already launched the research and development of 6G technologies by building upon the experience and ability we have accumulated from working on multiple generations of communications technology, including 5G… Going forward, we are committed to leading the standardization of 6G in collaboration with various stakeholders across industry, academia and government fields,” Choi added.
Going by the requirements of developing a 6G cellular network which includes performance, architectural and trustworthiness requirements, the existing 5G network only focuses on the performances aspect, which is more of the speed aspect.
The 6G network, on the other hand, will put into context, the speed which is expected to have a peak data rate of about 1,000Gbps (gigabyte per second) as well as air latency less than 100 microseconds, which is 50 times more than the current peak rate and 1/10 of the latency of the existing 5G network.
Diving further into its requirements, the 6G is also respected to resolve issues arising from “the limited computation capability of mobile devices as well as implementing AI right from the initial phase of technology development and enabling the flexible integration of new network entities.” the source explained.
The trustworthiness requirement, on the other hand, addresses the security and privacy concerns arising from the widespread use of data-focused technologies as well as those powered by Artificial Intelligence.
Lastly, the white paper released by Samsung detailed other complementary technologies that are essential for the achievement and deployment of the 6G cellular network; they include;
- the use of the terahertz (THz) frequency band,
- advanced duplex technologies,
- novel antenna technologies to enhance the coverage of high-frequency band signals,
- the evolution of network topology,
- spectrum sharing to increase the efficiency of frequency utilisation,
- and the use of AI in wireless communications.