Several countries have started rolling out the 5G network. In just a year or two, we will all be enjoying the blazing fast 5G speed. But the technology heavyweights aren’t sitting idle after developing 5G. They have already started working on the next-gen 6G network. Korean electronics giant Samsung has just published a white paper sharing its vision for 6G and the potential release date.
6G release date: Mass rollout expected by 2030
Samsung’s white paper touches upon the “technical and societal megatrends, new services, requirements, candidate technologies, and an expected timeline of standardization.” The company said that the early commercialization of 6G would begin in 2028. The mass adoption is expected to occur around 2030.
The Korean company expects the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to begin their work on defining the 6G vision in 2021. The ITU started working on the 5G standards in 2012, and laid out the standards 8 years later in 2020.
It took the telecom industry about 15 years to go from 2G to 3G. But the transition from 4G to 5G occurred in just 8 years. Samsung’s expected 6G release date suggests that there will be a similar 8-10 years gap between 5G and 6G.
What to expect from 6G?
The 5G technology would drive growth in virtual reality, augmented reality, autonomous driving, Internet of Things, and online game streaming. So, what’s next? Samsung says the 6G technology will bring massive improvements in speed, latency, and reliability. The 5G technology has a peak data rate of 20Gbps. But 6G would offer a peak data rate of up to 1,000Gbps. The user experienced data rate would be 1Gbps.
The futuristic network’s air latency will be lower than 100 micr0seconds. The user-experienced latency is expected to be under 10 milliseconds. The 6G technology will enable truly immersive XR (mixed reality), which is a combination of augmented reality and virtual reality. Currently, truly immersive AR requires 0.44Gbps speed and 16K VR streaming requires about 0.9Gbps download speeds. These are beyond the capabilities of 5G technology.
The 6G will also enable high fidelity holograms and Digital Replica technologies. According to Samsung’s white paper, a human-sized hologram in high fidelity would need speeds reaching in Tbps. The Korean company also plans to have AI technologies built into 6G to reduce energy consumption and automatically resolve any network issues.
Samsung is not the only company working on 6G. Others such as Huawei, Ericsson, Xiaomi, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Japan’s NTTDoCoMo have already joined the race. LG Electronics has also set up a 6G research center in South Korea.