As we wait for 5G to go mainstream worldwide, Samsung is already working towards 6G connectivity. Samsung is expecting the completion of the 6G standard by 2028 and you may get to see the first commercial 6G network by the same time as well. By 2030, 6G connectivity may start to be widely adopted. Samsung founded the Advanced Communications Research Center as part of Samsung Research in May 2019 to study 6G and these observations are part of the ongoing research.
The company claims that the number of connected devices will reach 500 billion by 2030 and mobile devices will take various form-factors like augmented reality (AR) glasses, virtual reality (VR) headsets, and hologram devices.
For advanced multimedia services such as immersive XR, mobile hologram, and digital replica, 6G needs to provide a much higher data rate than 5G. . The company expects 6G connectivity to enable peak data rate of 1,000 Gbps (gigabits per second) and air latency less than 100 microseconds. This is 50 times the peak data rate and one-tenth the latency of 5G which offers 20 Gbps peak data rate.
“The architectural requirements of 6G include resolving the issues arising from the limited computation capability of mobile devices as well as implementing AI right from the initial phase of technology development and enabling the flexible integration of new network entities,” said the company in a statement.
“While 5G commercialisation is still in its initial stage, it’s never too early to start preparing for 6G because it typically takes around 10 years from the start of research to commercialisation of a new generation of communications technology,” explained Sunghyun Choi, head of the Advanced Communications Research Center.
To boost network coverage, 6G connectivity may use the terahertz (THz) frequency band, along with spectrum sharing to increase the efficiency of frequency utilisation. 6G may also see the use of AI in wireless communications.