The fifth generation of mobile networks represents an evolution for Internet browsing. It impacts both end users and large industries, from manufacturing to medicine, and although its coverage does not currently have a global reach, there are already those who are thinking of going one step further: 6G .
According to analysts at Statista, the technology is expected to become available by the end of the decade and in this period North America will be the region with the largest market, with 364.12 million dollars by 2028.
China will be the next region, with 251.14 million dollars. Europe will be in third place, with 216.21 million dollars, while South America will be in the seventh largest region, with a participation of 26.69 million dollars.
What is the difference between 5G and 6G?
Currently, 6G is at a very early stage of research. In November 2020, China sent up a 6G-capable satellite to begin validating the technology.
The differential point between both proposals is the transfer speed that can be achieved. The speed of 6G users is expected to reach one terabyte per second, which is 10 times faster than those who already have a 5G mobile network .
However, the main barrier that this technology will have to overcome will be its ability to reach everywhere and penetrate walls or water, which is a process that the fifth generation also went through.
What can you do with 6G?
According to information from a recent vivo study, 6G will unify communication, computing and sensors in a single system, from which humans will be connected to humans, but also humans will be linked to machines or machines to machines.
Statista’s expectations detail that by 2025 there will be more than 24,000 million devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) category, so the increased traffic capacity will be one of the fundamental points of technology.
While 5G allows a connection density of one million connected devices and data transmission within a square kilometer, 6G will allow a connection and transmission density of 10 million devices in the same area.
“6G will allow us to insert the next generation of connectivity into every aspect of people’s lives: it will integrate more access technologies, cover larger physical spaces and provide better fundamental capabilities, supporting more services”, comments Rakesh Tamrakar, vivo 5G standard expert.
The specialist also highlights that by efficiently connecting industries, transportation, the workplace and homes, this generation of mobile networks will maintain its contribution to society, even from the improvement of response to emergencies or disasters.
On the other hand, it would also have an impact on the metaverse and the surrounding technologies, since its uses could be related to a combination of virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality and even high-fidelity holograms or digital replicas.
When will it be available?
Talking about 6G may seem premature at the moment, however, a Samsung document states that this new standard could take an average of 10 years to go from its initial research phases to its commercialization, so between 2028 and 2030 it could be talking about.
It is worth mentioning that its development also depends on the evolution and adoption of 5G, since the use cases will have a greater impact once the limitations of the fifth generation of mobile networks are understood.