After launching the 5G network in 50 cities in late 2019, China has now made their steps towards the 6G deviation. Many companies and research institutions have gathered together in working groups to discuss the planned deployment for the 6G network which will come around in early 2030. Japan and the United States of America have also made some comments about similar research.
According to the calculations, 6G could be 8000 times faster than the 5G network. Judging by its speed, we guess it will put an end to current smartphones and clear the way for brain-computer interface and connected buildings. In November 2019, the Ministry of Science and Technology revealed their intentions to launch a nationally coordinated research effort which is specifically focused on the development of 6G technology.
According to Dr. Mahyar Shirvanimoghaddam, the 6G technology could give you speed up to 1 terabyte per second or 8000 gigabits per second. For instance, streaming Netflix at its highest quality for an hour is equal to 56 gigabits of data, so while using the 6G network you will be able to download just over 142 hours of higher quality video than NetFlix every second which I think is really impressive.
Will the 6G network will be an end for the smartphone era?
The data processing capacity of the 6G network has the potential to completely change the relationship between humans and technology as you will be able to use the device via your brain. The vast majority of these devices will rely on cloud services that require higher network bandwidths which will not be possible for 5G.
Why will it be the end of the smartphone era? The answer is – In today’s cellular networks, the devices now communicate with centralized base stations. With 6G, the researchers in China, United States and elsewhere predict that metamaterials and smart surfaces will create a way for the walls of buildings to become base stations with which devices communicate.