KEY POINTS

  • Researchers have formulated a vision for 6G 
  • 6G is expected to be developed keeping in mind security, privacy, and secrecy
  • 6G would take AI development forward

The standardization of 5G mobile networks has started in the U.S. and it is expected to be commercially launched by the end of this year. Since 5G is already along much of the way, researchers have started formulating what the next generation of mobile networks would look like.

Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia have started formulating how the development of the next generation of smartphone networks, 6G networks should work.

The paper formulates what would be the vision for 6G communications and how it would shape the post-5G era.

"Our speculations are summarized from our state-of-the-art research activities in recent years, related to terahertz radios, terrestrial-aerial-space integrated networking, novel modulation schemes, and artificial intelligence-aided communications. The main objectives of this perspective paper were to define the key potential features of 6G, discuss the required communication technologies and explore issues beyond communication technologies that could hamper future research and the deployment of 6G," Shuping Dang, one of the researchers who carried out the study, stated to TechXplore.

According to the researchers, 6G would help spur the development of human-centric artificial intelligence (AI). They believe that faster network speeds would help develop machine learning algorithms and AI better. One of the most important factors for 6G to succeed is its reach. It will need to build upon the previous 4G and 5G technologies.

It will also need many advancements in basic sciences to function.

“Most importantly, we must admit that the advancement of wireless communications is highly restricted by basic sciences, especially mathematics and physics, as well as information theory and electronics. Without breakthroughs in these subjects, the essential improvement in the capacity- and delay-related performance metrics of communication systems would be impossible," Dang further added.

The researchers also propose that 6G should be developed keeping tangible realities in mind. They believe developing a systematic deployment network will help in this regard.

6G technology 6G technology is expected to be even faster than 5G. Photo: Mohamed Hassan/Pixabay