Samsung bets big on 6G, expects roll out as early as 2028

Joanna Estrada
July 15, 2020

In a sweeping white paper published earlier this week, the South Korean tech firm outlined their vision for "a next generation communication system" many orders of magnitude faster than 5G: "While 5G was created to achieve 20 Gbps peak data rate, in 6G, we aim to provide the peak data rate of 1,000 Gbps and a user experienced data rate of 1 Gbps", the paper reads. 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.

Samsung Electronics is expecting that the next generation of networking will arrive as early as 2028. Samsung believes that the commercialization of 6G will take place by the year 2028.

Both humans and machines will be the main users of 6G, and 6G will be characterized by provision of advanced services such as truly immersive extended reality, high-fidelity mobile hologram and digital replica, the report noted.

The cover for Samsung Electronics' 6G white paper.

Telecommunications companies are working hard to implement 5G connectivity in our daily life, and apparently some are already working on the future 6G network.

Sunghyun Choi, Head of Advanced Communication Research Center, said that the company has launched a research and development program for the 6G network and in this direction the company is working on all the necessary developments. Samsung has acquired orders to develop 5G infrastructure across the world including in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and New Zealand after Korea became one of the first countries to commercialize 5G a year ago.

Examples of 6G performance requirements are a peak data rate of 1,000 gigabits per second and air latency less than 100 microseconds, 50 times the peak data rate and one-tenth the latency of 5G, according to the document.

The trustworthiness requirement addresses the security and privacy issues arising from the widespread use of user data and Artificial Intelligence technologies. It was a keynote topic at last year's Brooklyn 5G Summit, where Nokia Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon suggested that if people are skittish about using the phrase 6G, they can talk about it by framing it in terms of "Beyond 5G".

The white paper also highlighted other technologies that can be used to enable 6G including "terahertz (THz) frequency band, novel antenna technologies to enhance the coverage of high-frequency band signals, advanced duplex technologies, the evolution of network topology, spectrum sharing to increase the efficiency of frequency utilisation and the use of AI in wireless communications".

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