Today, the fifth generation of mobile networks is being tested all over the world – 5G, thanks to which driverless cars, virtual reality and the Internet are actively transforming our lives.
But scientists have already started working on the next-generation telecommunications technology – 6G, which you can transfer data with even faster, China Daily Chinese daily socio-political newspaper informs.
Before the technology becomes commercially available by 2030, it must overcome several technical challenges in basic researches, equipment design, and environmental impact. This is stated in the 6G White Book, published by the Finnish University of Oulu in September.
The Ministry of Science and Technology of China has announced that the country has entered the global 6G race. In this regard, two special offices have been established: one – to develop appropriate policy, the other consisting of 37 experts from colleges, research institutes and enterprises – to develop technical details.
According to mass media, “China Telecom”, “China Unicom”, “Huawei”, as well as other companies and providers of telecommunications services in the United States, Russia and Europe are conducting relevant investigations in the field of 6G data transmission technologies.
“This will undoubtedly improve the accuracy and efficiency of using big data for interregional, interdisciplinary scientific megaprojects,” said Wang Shuzhi, Director of the leading cyberspace group of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Nigel Jefferies, Chairman of the “Wireless World Research Forum”, said that while there has not yet been a generally accepted definition of 6G technology, its future application will have a profound impact on everyday life and on the way how investigations are conducted.
The speed of 6G will exceed 125 GB/s, which will provide immersion in pinpoint accuracy virtual reality and global high-speed Internet coverage using vast satellite networks.
“6G will include technologies that are not part of 5G, such as terahertz signals, satellites, and visible light communications,” he said.
Other experts note that 6G technology will be a positive factor for scientific projects requiring the transfer and analysis of large bulk of data. But there are also two main problems – data security and the project cost.
You can transfer so large bulk of data with 6G that you will not notice any leaks or security threats. A full-speed 6G network can become very expensive to use, so sponsors will have to balance costs and benefits and adapt the technology to better meeting needs of end users.