New generations of mobile technology usually emerge over the decades, but the pace of development in the world of 5G wireless technology is faster than ever, with 5G-Advanced seemingly around the corner. Now, a white paper from 5G Americas states that research is underway into future sixth-generation 6G wireless cellular networks that may open up new possibilities for extending wireless systems to nearly every facet of human-machine interaction.
That Mobile communications by 2030 The paper, by the industry organization for leading telecom service providers, examined activity shaping wireless networks beyond 5G across North America and around the world, including initiatives in Germany and India. It examined early specifications and requirements for emerging mobile communications applications, including holographic communications, imaging and sensing, developments by Massive Internet of Things (mIoT), Smart Farming and First Responder Servicesamong other.
It also has a special focus on North America’s technical leadership, examining new applications, services and new technologies in discussion and planning phases. It also covers US Department of Defense activities, the recent US CHIPS Act, standards activities, and North American leadership in the ITU relevant to research and development future development of 6G.
The analysis found that 5G has a “long roadmap” of innovation ahead and lays the foundation for the success of the next generation of wireless technologies. However, it warned that as we move into the future of the connected world, the industry must first understand areas that 5G does not address in order to develop a 6G vision and establish future standards.
It also noted that businesses, governments, standards organizations and academia are just beginning to consider the possibilities of the next wave of wireless technology for 2030 and beyond.
“5G continues to evolve with tremendous advances in multiple areas,” said Brian Daly, AVP, Standards & Industry Alliance at AT&T and leader of the 5G Americas working group for the paper. “However, organizations have begun to explore the next generation of wireless technology. Looking to the future, 6G is expected to place high demands on extremely high-performance, trustworthy, intelligent, cognitive, flexible and sustainable wireless communication networks.”
Ali Khayrallah, Senior Scientist, Advanced Technology Group at Ericsson and co-lead of the 5G Americas working group added: “Many projects dubbed ‘Next G’ and ‘6G’ are already underway in many parts of the world. Although 6G networks are not expected before at least 2030, the right strategies and policies can encourage investment, research, development, innovation and deployment of the next generation of mobile communications technologies.”