What will the new 6G look like: the mobile network that will replace 5G
The sixth generation of mobile networks is on the horizon and promises to be revolutionary. Although 6G is far away, there are world powers and a handful of companies plan to carry out the first tests in 2026, although it is estimated that general deployment will have to wait a few more years.
According to telecommunications authorities in South Korea, the country that will start the tests, 6G will reach speeds five times higher than the maximum of 5G.
Regarding transmission rates, the new generation will be 10 times higher with speeds of 1 terabit per second. This represents a key jump compared to the 20Gbps of 5G.
Latency will be reduced by a tenth, to 0.1 milliseconds. This variable is key: in computer networks, it refers to the temporary delays in data transmission. Lower latency will translate, with 6G, into transmissions that will border on true “real time”.
According to a document released by Samsung in 2020, upload and download speeds will peak at up to 1,000Gbps.
The 6G will also help the deployment of technologies based on artificial intelligence, and will be especially useful for connectivity in cars, telemedicine, holographic systems, among other sectors.
WHEN WILL 6G ARRIVE
Although it is not possible to give a precise date, some telecommunications companies said they will start experiments in the real field around the year 2026, in addition to the tests they have already carried out. Firms like Samsung, LG, Oppo and Huawei lead the way. At a commercial level, 6GB would arrive around 2030.
Sooner or later, the deployment of the sixth generation of mobile connectivity poses a series of technical challenges as it will be necessary to create new antennas and research advanced technologies.
As El País de España notes in its article “This is how life will be in 10 years thanks to 6G”, “the list of applications awaiting the new generation of wireless technologies, 6G, is endless”, and they indicate that “in a decade will begin a new technological revolution with billions of connected humans, devices, vehicles, robots and drones (an era that) is already beginning to take its first steps.
Within the framework of the recent celebration of the 5G Forum in Seville, Spain, specialists have noted that “although 5G has made it possible to consume digital media anywhere and at any time, the technology of the future should allow us to integrate into completely virtual or digital worlds” .