6G commercialisation could occur as early as 2028: Samsung

6G commercialisation could occur as early as 2028: Samsung

6G commercialisation could occur as early as 2028: Samsung

5G commercialization is still in the early stages, but it's not too early to start thinking about what 6G will bring.

In a sweeping white paper published earlier this week, the South Korean tech firm outlined their vision for "a next generation communication system" many orders of magnitude faster than 5G: "While 5G was created to achieve 20 Gbps peak data rate, in 6G, we aim to provide the peak data rate of 1,000 Gbps and a user experienced data rate of 1 Gbps", the paper reads.

Sunghyun Choi, Head of Advanced Communication Research Center, said that the company has launched a research and development program for the 6G network and in this direction the company is working on all the necessary developments.

Samsung is keen to stress that 6G isn't merely "faster" than anything now at our disposal; whereas the leap from 4G to 5G was all about raw performance gains in things that you already do on your phone-streaming, gaming, communication-6G seeks to fundamentally transform what it means to use a mobile device.

To accelerate research for 6G, Samsung Research, the advanced R&D hub within Samsung Electronics' SET Business, founded its Advanced Communications Research Center in May of past year.

The company highlighted that Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong - the de facto leader of the tech giant - has been leading establishment of the 6G vision, in which he set a goal of outstripping Samsung's global competitors in the network equipment market, such as Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.

Samsung defines three categories of requirements that have to be met to realize 6G services - performance, architectural and trustworthiness requirements. In order for 6G to work effortlessly, it should provide 1000 Gbps peak data rate (50 times faster than 5G), with air latency less than 100 microseconds (one-tenth of 5G latency).

Resolving issues of limited computation capability of mobile devices, implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions were cited as architectural requirements by Samsung.

"Taking into account the trend of speeding up of the development of technical standards for each new generation, we expect that the completion of the 6G standard and its earliest commercialisation could happen as early as 2028, while massive commercialisation may occur around 2030", Samsung said. In such a situation, preparing the 6G network from now on would be a better step, according to the company, it takes a decade to develop the next generation communication network.

To satisfy the requirements for 6G, the industry may turn to the terahertz (THz) frequencies, new antenna technologies to enhance the coverage of high frequency band signals, advanced duplex technologies, spectrum sharing and AI.

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