4G – the mobile network that’s used around the world to make calls, send messages and surf the web. Now there are plans for 4G to be replaced by, you guessed it, 5G – a new, faster network that has the potential to transform the internet. 5G is a software defined network – it means that while it won’t replace cables entirely, it could replace the need for them by largely operating on the cloud instead. This means it will have a 100x better capacity than 4G – which will dramatically improve internet speeds.
For example, to download a two-hour film on 3G would take about 26 hours, on 4G you’d be waiting 6 minutes, and on 5G you’ll be ready to watch your film in just over three and a half seconds. But it’s not just internet capacity that will be upgraded. Response times will also be much faster. The 4G network responds to our commands in just under 50 milliseconds. With 5G it will take around one millisecond – 400 times faster than a blink of the eye. Smartphone users will enjoy a more streamlined experience but for a world that is increasingly dependant on the internet just to function, a reduction in time delay is critical.
A specialized agency at the United Nations that develops technical standards for communication technologies is International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This body proposed rules for radio spectrum usage and telecommunications inter-operability. In 2012, the ITU created a program called “IMT for 2020 and beyond” (IMT-2020) to research and establish minimum requirements for 5G. After years of work, the agency created a draft report with 13 minimum requirements for 5G in 2017.
Self-driving cars, for example, require a continuous stream of data. The quicker that information is delivered to autonomous vehicles, the better and safer, they can run. For many analysts this is just one example of how 5G could become the connective tissue for the internet of things, an industry that’s set to grow threefold by 2025, linking and controlling not just robots, but also medical devices, industrial equipment and agriculture machinery. 5G will also provide a much more personalized web experience using a technique called network slicing. It’s a way of creating separate wireless networks on the cloud, allowing users to create their own bespoke network.
For instance, an online gamer needs faster response times and greater data capacity than a user that just wants to check their social media. Being able to personalize the internet will also benefit businesses. At big events like Mobile World Congress for example – there is a mass influx of people in one particular area using data-heavy applications. But with 5G, organizers could pay for an increased slice of the network, boosting its internet capacity and thus improving its visitors’ online experience. So when can we start using 6G?
Well, not yet and according to some analysts not until 2024. 5G was created years ago and has been talked up ever since. Yet it’s estimated that even by 2022, the network will still lag behind both 4G and 3G in terms of global mobile connections. Its mainstream existence faces multiple hurdles. The most significant of these of course is cost. According to some experts, 6G could cause network operators to tear up their current business models for it to make business sense. In the U.K. for example, 3G and 4G networks were relatively cheap to set up because they were able to roll out on existing frequencies, on the country’s radio spectrum. For 6G to work properly however, it needs a frequency with much bigger bandwidth which would require brand new infrastructure.
Some analysts believe that the extensive building and running costs will force operators to share the use and management of the mobile network. This has been less of an obstacle for countries like China, who are taking a more coherent approach. The government, operators and local companies such as Huawei and ZTE are about to launch big 5G trials that would put them at the forefront of equipment production for the new technology. That may be at the expense of the West, where there is concern regarding Asia’s 5G progress. A leaked memo from the National Security Council to the White House called for a nationalized 5G network to keep the U.S. ahead of their global competitors. White House officials dismissed the idea, but some experts predict that by 2023 nearly half of all mobile connections in the U.S. will be 5G, a greater percentage than any other country or region. It’s still likely however that much of the West will have a more gradual approach to 5G, driven by competition but with a patchy style of development.
For example, AT&T pledged to start rolling out 5G later this year but in just a handful of cities. For key industrial zones however, it’s predicted the technology will be adopted quickly, while for many in rural areas 5G may be a long way off. But when 5G does establish itself and fulfills its supposed potential, it could even change how we get the internet at home and at work – with the wireless network replacing the current system of phone lines and cables. It may not happen overnight, but 5G has come and 6G is coming.
6th generation of wireless communication, technically speaking it doesn’t exist yet but that hasn’t stopped the internet from all sorts of wild speculation. Thing is most of the six-G info out there is based on a small handful of reports and studies so to help clear up any misconceptions I’m gonna give you a quick rundown of all the things we know for sure about 6G. 2030 Network is going to be look like this as per ITU-T Network 2030 (6G) 6G or whatever it’s eventually called will replace 5G but right now 6G is not a functioning piece of technology and still very much in the research face. The telecom industry is so heavily focused on 5G that it’s been treating 6G like a middle sibling and mom and dad. Big telecom are going to focus on there 5G baby for the foreseeable future. So if the industry is so focused on 5G when will 6G actually launch? Well mobile technology has evolved on a relatively steady basis.
3G came in the early 2000s 4G in the 2010s and 5G in 2020. So it’s reasonable to think that we won’t get 16 until the 2030s. However just because we may not see 6G for 10 years doesn’t mean it’s not being worked on right now just like with 5g most major companies and governments will work on 6G projects and several already are talking about plans. For 6G Network readiness Huawei has its Overview New IP Networking & Intrinsic Security Framework. Japan has most recently launched its 6G project both Samsung and LG have 6G research centers in South Korea Huawei also reportedly started its six-G research and even in the US, President Donald Trump tweeted in February of 2019 that he wanted 5G and even 6G technology in the United States as soon as possible.
Everyone is already hopping on the 6G bandwagon even the Donald all these different governments and companies are starting to work on 6G but we can not tell yet who will have the fastest 6G. No but that hasn’t stopped experts from guessing. One expert claims 6G could deliver mind-boggling speeds of one terabit per second or 8000 gigabits per second. 100 times faster than that of 5G. Forget using 5G to download just one movie in a few seconds from Netflix. With 6G speeds in just one second you could download the entire stranger things series seven times over or download a hundred and forty two hours of Netflix movies. It’s great to talk about what 6G could do but since it’s just a pie in the sky idea at this point. Why does it matter to you ?
Well it’s going to be like 5G but more so even higher speeds lower latency and masses of bandwidth. Researchers and scientists are even talking about 6G being the network to move away from wires and use our devices as antennas to create a decentralized network that’s not under the control of a single network operator. So 6G could be the generation to take the power away from the big telecom companies and give it to the people. 5G is expected to take tech that already exists like autonomous cars, drones and smart cities to the next level but 6G may bring to life futuristic ideas like the integration of our brains and super computers technology could soon tap into our bodies through something like a contact lens and shows a different world than reality. 6G network slicing is going to be biggest challenge and how the carrier-assist solution can be used for automation, assurance, and optimization of transport slices ?
Imagine that 6g literally could bring on real-life cyborgs it could make charging your phone out of thin air a reality and 6G coverage could extend over oceans and even into space so when we finally colonize the moon you can still FaceTime with your boring earth friends in other words with 6g science-fiction could become science fact 5G is going to change the way. We communicate over the next 5 years but when 6G is finally ready it could entirely change the way we live. When do you think we’ll see 6G ? give us your prediction in the comments.