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MWC 2023: Analysing 6G Technology In Advance

MWC 2023: Analysing 6G Technology In Advance

Based on the ongoing session regarding the future of 6G during the Mobile World Congress (MWC), experts from companies such as Samsung, the European Space Agency, and Telefonica came together to give their views about how 6G will play out.

The first important observation is that 6G is not making an entry anytime soon.

The projections imply that the earlier we push aside the thought of 6G the better for us until around 2030 onwards.

Having put this in perspective now, the prospect of having a device streaming at least a terabyte of data into your eyeballs is enough to set our geeky hearts racing.

We are talking about 100 times the capacity of 5G, with sub-millisecond latencies.

Discussants present on the panel were Kimberley Trommler (head of Thinknet 6G, Bayern Innovativ GmbH), Yue Wang (head of 6G Research, Samsung Research UK), Xavier Lobao (head of Future Telecom Projects Division, European Space Agency) and Nicolas Kourtellis (principal research scientist, co-director, Telefónica Research).

Asked if they had to pick just one of the most exciting aspects of 6G, the panel gave various views. 

Although perhaps not an issue in the minds of most consumers, one aspect the panel got excited about was the significant reduction in energy consumption.

Obviously, this would mean 6G could be deployable in a vastly wider array of scenarios than 5G, such as with IoT devices. Another was real “edge computing” applications and far greater cybersecurity.

A word that appeared several times in the conversation was “convergence.”

This was conjured not, as I expected, in engineering terms, but in the sense of the convergence of the terrestrial and the non-terrestrial (as in, space) networks to provide seamless connectivity.

6G also promises greater resilience across networks. Because of 6G’s astounding bandwidth, virtual education via XR headsets is likely to boom.

This could, of course, mean a genuine boost to the UN Sustainable Goals (especially important in emerging economies).

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