6G Technology: What Is It and When Will It Be Available?

Over the past year you may have heard about 6G but what is it exactly? In this article we investigate this new advanced technology and the plans for its use in the future.

6G technology (still in development) is the sixth generation of cellular technology that promises to provide diverse connectivity at microsecond speeds. The network will operate through higher radio frequencies, performing potentially at 1 terabyte per second (1,000-times faster latency and greater capacity than 5G technology).  6G will take advantage of the existing 5G infrastructure but carry more data at faster speeds, meaning no more lags as data will transfer instantaneously. It will provide connectivity like never before!

6G will also have built-in AI with machine learning capabilities which may make the need to reconfigure the network manually, a thing of the past.

When will 6G be available?

6G is expected to be launched by 2030, although it may come slightly earlier than that according to reports. At the present time 5G is still in it’s prime and is still being delivered so it will be some time before carriers will start investing further in 6G technology.

What are the benefits of 6G?

  1. With the faster speeds of 6G potentially at 1 terabyte per second, overall functionality of real-time apps will be seamless and reliable.
  2. Machine-to machine communication will be more streamlined, and it will also be able to handle AI-enhanced tech and support smart cities.
  3. 6G will aid the Internet of Things (IoT) considerably and assist future applications.
  4. 6G wireless will be able to merge onto one platform ground, aerial, sea and even space communications.
  5. The 6G infrastructure would be able to support 10 million devices per sq kilometre. 4G is currently 100,000 per sq kilometre. An incredible leap!

6G will also impact government and industry approaches to public safety and critical asset protection, such as health monitoring, threat detection and facial recognition.

Who is working on the technology?

Universities, researchers, and government are working globally on developing the technology with major infrastructure companies, such as Nokia, Huawei, and Samsung, signalling that they have R&D planned. It looks like there will be plenty of competition from large corporations to dominate the 6G market when the time comes.

The Future

It is quite mind-blowing what 6G could aid in the future but for 6G to launch it is an expensive exercise, especially to deploy this at scale. Security breaches may also be a concern with data processing, threat detection, and data encryption to be addressed.

Overall 6G has a bright future thanks to it creating more powerful high-speed connections for the Internet of Things. It is expected to extend mobile communication possibilities where earlier generations could not have developed and will enable hyper-connectivity between everything.

Got questions?

If you have any questions about 6G or improving your telecommunications in your business, then please reach out to us by emailing info@piblu.co.uk or calling us on 0161 388 8188.