For most of us, 5G is still pretty new. If you’ve had the opportunity to use it or you have been exposed to 5G in the past, chances are that you haven’t really experienced the super fast speeds and ultra low latency promised by the 5th generation mobile network. The kind of speed and instant response that will make it possible for a surgeon to perform surgeries on patients without having to be in the same room or that will enable truly smart cities, allowing cars to talk to other cars and to sensors deployed across the city, making autonomous vehicles a reality.
While all of this may sound exciting, and probably still quite futuristic, we’re already looking to the next generation of cellular technology – 6G. Yes, talks about the incredible potential of 6G are already gaining momentum, with experts suggesting that 6G could be rolled out as early as 2030.
If you’re unsure what 6G is all about, take a look at the information we’ve compiled below to keep you up to speed.
- While much about 6G remains undefined, should it follow the same pattern as its forebears, 6G will be faster, promising many gigabits – terabits even – and will further reduce the time it takes for a signal to make a round trip on the data network.
- To put the potential of this innovation in context, 6G will be 10 to 100 times faster than 5G.
- Experts agree that 6G will have a profound impact on society and they argue that urban planning will need some serious revision in the era of 6G.
- From a coverage perspective, 6G wireless networks are no longer limited to the ground, it is also a satellite and airborne network.
- Deeply integrated with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the level of intelligence offered by 6G will provide more accurate weather predictions, speeding up our response to natural disasters.
- Instead of regular Zoom calls, 6G will give users the feeling of being in the same room together thanks to high-fidelity holograms and truly immersive extended reality (XR).
- The seamlessly connection offered by 6G will enable smart cities to expand into the suburbs. This will allow people to enjoy the benefits of smart living even though they are far away from a metropolitan area.
- In addition, 6G could enable the Internet of Senses, which makes it possible for “touch, taste, smell and the feeling of heat or cold” to be digitally communicated.
- It may sound a bit far fetched but academics suggest that 6G could even turn the science fiction of teleportation into science fact.
If anything, conversations about 6G prove that technology always pushes forward. Fast. Which is why it’s so important to stay ahead of the curve. Want the latest tech and business news sent to you every month? Subscribe to our monthly newsletter below.