5G is not yet a thing, but LG already wants to lead 6G development

5G is not yet a thing, but LG already wants to lead 6G development
Like almost every other major smartphone vendor, from Samsung to Huawei to Xiaomi, LG is seemingly getting ready to bet big on 5G technology in an effort to resuscitate an overall shrinking market.

But while the company expects its mobile division to be able to record a profit at long last on the heels of the first 5G rollouts, the wheels are also being put in motion for what will come next.

That’s right, 6G development is already underway... kind of, with LG’s announcement (translated) of a dedicated research center located in the Yuseong District of Daejeon, South Korea. Obviously, LG isn't working on any actual 6G-enabled phones yet, aiming instead to “lead global standardization and secure new business creation opportunities.”

In partnership with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, LG Electronics wants to “prepare for the future industry”, estimating it will take about ten years to make the move from 5G to 6G possible.

Of course, 5G mobile speeds have to first become prevalent, which industry analysts don’t expect to happen for a few more years. Korea’s three major wireless service providers, including LG Electronics sister company LG U Plus, have already deployed their 4G LTE replacements, while stateside, carriers remain engaged in a battle of egos.

But LG is not letting its guard down, claiming it’s important to (further) improve the “competitiveness of Korea’s mobile communication technology.” It will definitely be interesting to see if the US wireless industry can catch up in time for the 6G rollouts of tomorrow.

At the same time, LG Mobile needs a couple of quick wins to stay in business long enough to take advantage of these upcoming developments and breakthroughs.

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8 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Fast Fooooooooooorward thinking.

2. Sandy34

Posts: 19; Member since: Sep 21, 2017

This actually isn’t out of the ordinary. 5G development started in 2012, after IMT-2020 was first released.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 615; Member since: May 02, 2016

And i'm still using 3G .. * happy face emoji *

4. omara510

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 04, 2018

Lg needs to focus on being the leader in phones first before it can even think of 6G lol. You make good products but no offense, no one is flying to the stores to buy them

5. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Being First Kid on the Block automatically carries the Karma-points.

6. michaelny2001

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

that 6G they're thinking of should be more like a 5Gs. from 3G at 2-3Mbps to 4G at 10 and to 4GLTE at 60-70. 5G promises 400-500Bmps or 1Gbps. fine. 6G should be more like 15-50Gbps.

7. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1270; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I want to lead the 24752G development. /S

8. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Reminds me of this from 8 years ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS9sUm5Y0sg

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