The Advances in 6G Technology
Today, connectivity is already the driving force behind communication and commerce. In an increasingly connected world, the demand for faster, more reliable and more efficient communication technologies is growing. This is where 6G technology comes into play. Research on the successor to 5G has been underway since 2017, and the new mobile communications standard looks set to become much more than just a faster successor to 5G. Particularly in the design of future offerings, 6G is likely to have at least as formative an effect as 5G currently does. Reason enough to take a look at the development status of this new technology and listen to the music of the future.
How Does 6G Technology Differ From 5G?
While 5G technology has fundamentally changed wireless communications, 6G technology takes things to a whole new level. 6G technology is designed to support a wide range of new applications.
It will enable the development of smart cities, self-driving cars, and virtual and augmented reality experiences that require faster and more reliable connectivity than is currently available. In addition, 6G technology is expected to be even more energy efficient, which is essential to support the increasing number of connected devices in our daily lives.
6G will operate over higher frequencies than 5G, increasing data throughput and enabling new network types. 6G will also offer more flexibility than 5G, with intelligence embedded directly in the network to enable dynamic connection of different network types.
6G is therefore likely to shake up the market quite a bit and also generate a whole series of new use cases. A year ago, a Chinese research team succeeded in wirelessly transmitting 1 TB of data over a distance of 1 km in 1 second.
A new world record and an indicator of the potential of 6G.
With such speeds of up to 1 terabyte per second and latencies of just a few microseconds, 6G technology promises to be even faster, more reliable and more energy-efficient than its predecessors.
Will 6G Replace Fiber Optic Connectivity?
5G already easily achieves speeds that are equivalent to a fiber-optic connection for private use at home. We have already described this in an earlier article .
Especially in densely populated countries like Switzerland, where distances are short and networking is advanced, the potential of mobile connections can be exploited particularly well.
Those who want to rely on cellular already today can equip themselves with the necessary connectivity via our Rates , from 5G high-speed Internet access for the hometo GPS trackers on the pet's collar. 6G will probably expand the range of uses even further.
While the network capacity of 5G is currently 1 million connected devices per square kilometer, 6G promises to be able to connect up to 10 million devices over the same area. This would provide the prerequisites for nationwide and comprehensive connectivity via cellular and also corresponding application possibilities for industry and commerce.
So where 5G is already providing strong competition for the fiber-optic network, 6G should definitely outperform speeds and easily replace fiber in many areas.
6G Is Probably Coming Sooner Than Expected!
Although 6G is still in its infancy, the first small realization of 6G has already taken place worldwide! A team of researchers from Finland recently set up a test environment for 6G and demonstrated that speeds of up to 1 terabit per second (yes, you read that right - 1 terabit!) can already be achieved with this technology. This is a quantum leap compared to the maximum speed of 5G, which is theoretically 20 gigabits per second.
Most 6G development projects are aiming for implementation from 2030 onwards. This would mean that the first 6G cells would be put into operation from 2030 onwards and that the dissemination and application development of this technology would therefore also pick up speed. However, South Korea already expects local implementation in 2027.
Considering the already ongoing developments of the IoT, various sources speculate on revolutionary technical advances in the course of 6G implementation. Due to the increased network capacity and a practically non-existent latency of significantly less than 1ms, scenarios are conceivable in which people themselves and the environment around them communicate via mixed reality or AR/VR solutions (keyword Metaverse).
The physical and digital worlds could thus merge in a way that was hardly conceivable before. The offerings of connectivity providers will have to adapt to these changes, and we already see ourselves as having a responsibility to prepare for this transformation.
We cannot know for sure whether 2030 will usher in a new age or whether we are already at the beginning of a new age. What we can assume with great certainty, however, is that the speed of technical progress in cellular communications will increase rather than decrease, and that the possibilities for communication and thus the digital shaping of our lives will expand significantly.
According to the Nielsen rule, the connection speed for end users always grows by about 50% per year. Digital Republic's task will be to take up this technical progress and make its possibilities available to our customers. Accordingly, we keep an eye on the further development with great interest and stay on the ball for you; Free, fair and progressive!