6G networks closer than you think as Samsung announces its future plans

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Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the main headline of the year was 5G deployment all over the world. Starting from analog voice transmission, today’s standards bring HD voice calls and support for enormous data rates. 5G brings a lot of improvements in terms of data speeds to users. Tech companies have also been quick to adopt this technology in their flagship devices.

Although 5G has started to somewhat become mainstream in recent years, it was a work in progress for a long time. Mobile communications are not the only ones to benefit from this standard either. 5G has paved the way for devices like smart vehicles, remote control robotics, and a lot of IoT devices.

Samsung was one of the first companies to adopt the 5G trend. All of the company’s flagship devices this year featured 5G models. Fortunately, the company has kept up with the trend now as well and has announced that it will be preparing for 6G technology now. Samsung released a white paper recently shedding light on their plans for 6G technology.

( Source: inovatian.com )

Samsung plans to adopt to 6G standard by 2028 earliest. They are confident that the technology will be widely available in the year 2030. The paper is titled “Next Generation Communications”, it talks about various aspects related to 6G technology. Samsung talks about technical details, new services, technology requirements, candidate technologies, and an expected timeline of standardization for this new generation.

Talking about the company’s vision for the decade, Sunghyun Choi, Head of the Advanced Communications Research Center, said:

“While 5G commercialization is still in its initial stage. It’s never too early to start preparing for 6G because it typically takes around ten years from the start of research to commercialization of a new generation of communications technology”

Technological Details:

The main goal for the 6th generation of communication standards is to standardize highspeed communications and connectivity for every appliance in our daily lives. Sunghyun Choi further added,

“We’ve already launched the research and development of 6G technologies by building upon the experience and ability we have accumulated from working on multiple generations of communications technology, including 5G. Going forward, we are committed to leading the standardization of 6G.”

Talking specifications, the paper tells that the 6G technology will aim for a peak data rate of 1000 Gbps and reducing the air latency to lower than 100 microseconds. This will offer critical improvements over the current 5G standard. As a comparison, this is fifty times the current data rate of 5G with one-tenth of the latency.

(Source: Samsung)

As for the architectural issues, the company will work on developing the processing capabilities and AI technologies required for the massive data transfers. The researcher will also work on the privacy and data security of users with the new communication standard.

The frequency band for this generation is not final yet, but the terahertz frequency band is in consideration. This will lie between the currently used millimeter spectrum and infrared waves.

This generation also aims to focus on the use of AI for wireless communications along with novel antenna designs to enhance the coverage of high-frequency band signals, sophisticated duplex technologies, the evolution of network topology, and spectrum sharing to increase the efficiency of frequency utilization.

In Addition, to the above, you can learn more about the white paper here.

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