Tests of the 6G network have been completed successfully; will it be available before 2030?
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Samsung Electronics announced that, in collaboration with the University of California, Santa Barbara, they had successfully demonstrated a 6G test (UCSB). The customized 6G test used 140 GHz (terahertz spectrum), which could be the key to outperforming today’s fast-moving 5G network.
For this 6G workshop on Terahertz communications at the IEEE International Conference on Communications, a group of researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Samsung Research, and Samsung Research America collaborated. Their experiment demonstrated how terahertz frequency could push 6G broadband to new heights, outperforming fifth-generation broadband.
Samsung has set a lofty goal with its 6G ambitions. The Advanced Communications Research Center was established in May 2019 to dedicate itself to the sixth-generation network ground. The South Korean company plans to standardize 6G by 2028 and commercialize it by 2030, according to its Hyper-Connected Experience concept.
“Samsung has been at the cutting edge of 5G and 6G technological innovation and standardization. We believe that new spectrum opportunities at the THz spectrum will become a driving force of 6G technology, as we stated in our 6G vision white paper last year. This demonstration could be a watershed moment in determining whether the THz spectrum can be used for 6G wireless communications, according to Samsung Research Senior Vice President Sunghyun Choi, an IEEE Fellow and Head of the Advanced Communication Research Center.
6G And The Terahertz Factor
An end-to-end 140 GHz spectrum was used in the prototype test system. It also used a fully digital beamforming solution to deliver a throughput of 6.2 Gbps over a 15-meter distance.
Current 5G networks operate in the 40 GHz frequency range. Meanwhile, 6G would use a frequency band above 100 GHz (in the terahertz spectrum). This will give it far greater broadband capabilities than 5G.
To explain, terahertz frequency is less commonly used, and higher frequency equals greater broadband capability. If the preliminary test yields 6.2 Gbps, a full-fledged 6G network using the terahertz frequency could theoretically deliver 1 Tbps (125 Gbps) per second to smartphones.
What Does 6G Mean For Us?
It will undoubtedly be difficult to persuade the general public of its utility. With 5G already promising ultra-high speeds and near-zero latency, it’s difficult to imagine what 6G could mean for most everyday users.
The majority of broadband usage is limited to social media, which does not require a lot of bandwidth. For others, internet usage may include video uploading, large-file downloads, and streaming. However, available 3G/4G and fiber plans can meet these requirements. The problem with the internet is usually not so much the bandwidth speed as it is the consistency and latency/ping, which can be solved by setting up local servers.
It is self-evident that next-generation wireless mobile networks, such as 5G and 6G, will significantly improve mobile broadband performance. However, only time will tell how telecom operators will be able to convince mass consumers to use 5G and 6G ultra-high broadband.
When Will 6G Launch?
We can’t expect a 6G launch before 5G is widely available in major cities around the world. That means the sixth-generation network’s foundation will take at least two to three years to complete. Major telecom equipment companies like Huawei, Ericcson, Nokia, and Samsung, on the other hand, have gradually increased their 6G efforts.
Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are collaborating on 5G and 6G research at UTS’ Tech Lab campus in Sydney, Australia. Nokia and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are collaborating on 5G and 6G research at UTS’ Tech Lab campus in Sydney, Australia. Huawei, another important player, is reportedly launching test satellites for 6G testing. Samsung, on the other hand, has recently gained significant traction. As a result, we expect telcos to introduce 6G before 2030, but with caution.