O 6G it will take time to arrive, so technology companies are starting to work on it right now: the Huawei joined the list, confirming that he is researching next generation networks in his labs in Canada. Experts believe that the sixth generation of mobile networks could reach speeds of 1 terabyte per second using frequencies above 1 THz.
Song Zhang, vice president of research strategy at Huawei in Canada, confirms to the The Logic that the company is in the early stages of 6G research in its Ontario laboratory, and is already talking to universities to develop this technology.
“The local team is taking care of this and forming research topics with Canadian researchers,” says Zhang. “5G is very new, and looking at 6G is part of the so-called 5G evolution.”
6G should be implemented in 2030, predicts Huawei
Of course, the 6G will take a long time to come true. Zhang notes that 4G took about eight years to develop, and 5G has been around for 11 years. The fifth generation of mobile networks should only be widely available in 2021, according to the GSMA, the global association of operators. (Anatel predicts that the 5G frequency auction will take place in 2020.)
Huawei believes the 6G will arrive in the mid-2030s, but some operators are already showing interest. Canadian Bell tells the The Logic which is “in initial discussions with multiple partners about 6G technology”, but it is too early to comment on specific plans, as “the focus now is on launching 5G”.
Other companies are eager for 6G: this is the case with Samsung, which opened the Advanced Communications Research Center in Seoul (South Korea) to conduct research on sixth generation networks. LG also has a research center dedicated to the subject, in partnership with KAIST (Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Korea).
University professor Ari Pouttu, deputy director of Finland’s 6G Flagship program, believe that 6G can reach new levels of speed and spectrum. The idea is to aim at speeds of 1 terabyte per second using frequencies above 1 THz. This will require many technological advances, so research needs to start early.