Chinese agency says 6G could be 8,000 times faster than 5G

Chinese agency says 6G could be 8,000 times faster than 5G
We haven't even seen 5G come close to its potential yet (we're probably not even at the playing of the national anthem in a 9-inning game) and already there is talk about 6G. Nearly a year ago, President Donald Trump disseminated a tweet calling for the U.S. to develop "5G, and even 6G technology in the United States as soon as possible." We're not too sure that the president understands that much about how wireless works, but his point was that the U.S. needs to be a leader in cellular technology.

Right now, any discussion about 6G is merely about possible standards. According to the Hindustan Times, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology is already doing some prep work on 6G and has laid out a blueprint about what could be possible several years down the road. Reportedly, 6G download data speeds could hit 1TBps which is equivalent to 1,000GB/sec or 8,000Gbps. That is 8,000 times the data speed that can be achieved with 5G. This is all theoretical of course, but just as we expect 5G to bring new technologies and industries to the world, 6G will no doubt do the same. For example, Dr. Mahyar Shirvanimoghaddam, a professor at the University of Sydney, says that with 6G people might be able to "use devices via our brain."

We have years to go before we can even get serious about 6G. Consider that Verizon launched nationwide 4G LTE service in the states on December 5th, 2010. Now, over nine years later, the carrier is just delivering 5G in drips and drabs. And T-Mobile is the only carrier providing nationwide 5G (albeit through its slower low-band 600MHz spectrum). Dr. Shirvanimoghaddam points out that for these theoretical 6G speeds to become reality, major leaps will be needed in "materials science, computer architecture, chip design and energy use (…) We must think about sustainable ways to supply all these devices without the risk of burning the Earth." 

Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee met with other company executives last June to discuss partnering up with private equity firms to develop 6G mobile networking equipment. And LG announced back in January 2019 that it was building a dedicated research center located in the Yuseong District of Daejeon, South Korea. There, the company will look to "lead global standardization and secure new business creation opportunities." LG says that we will probably get to enjoy a decade of 5G service before 6G is even a technological possibility. And Huawei has also started researching 6G at its R&D center in Ottawa, Canada.

We could see 6G ready for commercial use by 2029-2030. Mark your calendar accordingly.

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7 Comments

11. alexvoinica

Posts: 5; Member since: May 12, 2017

What does the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology has to say about coronavirus?

6. TadTrickle

Posts: 154; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

"says that with 6G people might be able to "use devices via our brain.""....... That doesn't excite me in the slightest

2. saddameu

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

useless tech for average customer. 5g is already overkill. 6g should be only for enterprise available. For average customer will just increase costs with no real life benefits.

5. Papa_Ji

Posts: 925; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

so who is forcing you for using 5G / 6G....stay with your 4G/3G/2G...and enjoy you life

8. Georgio

Posts: 338; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Even 5G is useless. They struggle with 5G , imagine 6G. I bet we get 6G in 9-10 years

9. saddameu

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 26, 2017

who is forcing me?how about every phone manufacturer if you want to buy a flagship phone from next year with ridiculous prices ? or how about phone careers that will increase their monthly package for having 5g included. In 1-2 years all of this won't be optional anymore.

10. geordie8t1

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Why is it overkill? Those insane speeds that are floated around are not real world examples, or they may be currently, but once a city has a million people using a 5g network, for example, you will NEVER see those speeds again, as for costs, not necessarily, my network charges the exact same for my 5g plan as it does with my current 4g plan, what i pay now will be a free upgrade to 5g, they did exactly the same with 3g to 4g switch, to sum up, i pay £20 per month for unlimited data/xalls/texts and will be moved onto a 5g plan free of charge

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