European Commission to count its 6G plans with terabit speeds. It is clear to all of us that 6G will replace 5G, just as 5G will eventually replace 4G, and so on. However, some believe that it is still too early to talk about this technology, while many others argue that it is necessary to start working on it to have everything ready when the time comes. 4G arrived in some countries in 2013 and, less than 10 years later, the deployment of 5G has begun. The forecasts for 6G are to bring it in 2030 and these are the plans that Europe has for 6G and its terabit speed, among other things.
It looks like we are going to hear a lot about 6G in the next few years. The first news came to us even last year when there was talk that this technology would be 8000 times faster than 5G. The Center for Wireless Communications at the University of Oulu already has its focus on the development of 6G with the 6Genesis project. They have acknowledged that work has been ongoing since 2018 on 6G technology with different case studies. The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology is also involved to be able to offer 1 Tbps speed.
The European Commission will tell its plans for 5G and 6G
The 5G FORUM is the first multi-disciplinary meeting on 5G technology to be held in some countries. Every year, it puts on stage the advances of 5G technology, providing an opportunity to exchange knowledge of the practical applications of this technology. On this occasion, it will be completely virtual, with speakers and attendees intervening and participating from their usual places of work through the network.
One of them will be the German Peter Stuckmann, one of the European Commission’s leading experts on Intelligent Networks and Services (SNS). He will speak at the opening session on European technological capabilities in the global race towards 6G, approved last February. He will also have time to comment on the arrival of 5G and the opportunity it presents for businesses and individuals.
“5G technology and standards will evolve over the coming years as implementation progresses. Operators in 23 EU member states have launched commercial 5G networks in major cities. 5G technology is expected to evolve into new ‘standalone’ 5G core networks enabling industrial applications such as Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) and Industry 4.0.”
Back to 6G, we know that we will move to Terabit capabilities and sub-millisecond response times that will enable new applications such as real-time automation or extended reality sensing (“Internet of Senses”). Hexa-X is one of the first projects to develop a first 6G system concept, complemented by eight projects investigating 6G-specific technologies. All of these will form the basis for a people-centric Next Generation Internet (NGI) and address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).