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Samsung Envisions the Next Generation of Communications Technology, 6G


Samsung just published a white paper entitled “The Next Hyper-Connected Experience for All.” The white paper talks about Samsung’s vision for the next generation communication system, aka 6G.

The South Korean tech company envisions what the 6G future will technically look like by documenting every aspect that will be touched. Samsung expects that the 6G standard will be finalized “as early as 2028” kicking off the earliest commercialization. But for mass commercialization, Samsung anticipates it to take around another two years – to happen around 2030.

According to the company, 6G will be mainly utilized by machines, and, of course, humans. The next-generation communication system is touted to be characterized by the provision of advanced services such as truly immersive extended reality (XR), high-fidelity mobile hologram, and digital replica.

The company sees performance, architectural, and trustworthiness requirements as the main components to be met to realize 6G services. Performance requirements are what most will be interested in.

So how much speeds are we talking about here? A peak data rate of 1,000 Gbps (gigabits per second) – 50 times more than 5G – and air latency less than 100 microseconds (μs) – one-tenth the latency of 5G.

Samsung 6G Whitepaper
Samsung 6G Whitepaper

Samsung sees the adoption of new technologies like the use of the terahertz (THz) frequency band, novel antenna technologies, advanced duplex technologies, and others to play a fundamental key to meet 6G standard requirements.

Why 6G now?

For now, it’s obvious that 5G is still in its early stages of adoption. But companies are already preparing for 6G to be ready when consumers are. China kicked off 6G development last year. And tech companies like Huawei and LG have set up 6G research and development centers. SK Telecom, Nokia, and Ericsson are also collaborating on 6G R&D.

“While 5G commercialization 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 commercialization of a new generation of communications technology,” explained Sunghyun Choi, Head of the Advanced Communications Research Center.

Samsung started the development of 6G last year and says they’re “committed to leading the standardization of 6G in collaboration.”

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