Just as Apple is preparing to launch their first 5G iPhones later this year, Samsung publishes a white paper on the development of 6G
The so-called trustworthy media like CNBC and C/Net (owned by CBS) mocked President Trump for a 2019 "Bizarre 6G tweet." C/Net further asked "Is 6G even a thing?" Well, yes C/Net, 6G is a thing and work on it has already begun in South Korea sometime back in May 2019, about a month prior to President Trump's meeting with Samsung amongst others Korean businessmen.
Samsung has been the brains behind the initial work on 6G. In fact, Samsung's Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong made the company's white paper on 6G public yesterday.
It would appear that the 'Fake News' machine spoke too soon. President Trump knew of the work on 6G from general talks with Samsung's Vice Chairman, which is what triggered the vague tweet. The media missed the boat on this simply because they are anti-Trumpers looking for any slip of the tongue that they could pounce on to mock and ridicule. Obviously the joke is on them this time around.
The white paper, partly written by Lee Jae-jong is entitled "The Next Hyper-Connected Experience for All." The paper outlines Samsung’s vision for 6G, covering various aspects related to the next-generation network system, including technical and societal megatrends, new services, requirements, candidate technologies and an expected timeline of standardization.
Both humans and machines will be the main users of 6G, and 6G will be characterized by provision of advanced services such as truly immersive extended reality, high-fidelity mobile hologram and digital replica, the report noted.
Samsung defines three categories of requirements that have to be met to realize 6G services -- performance, architectural and trustworthiness requirements.
Examples of 6G performance requirements are a peak data rate of 1,000 gigabits per second and air latency less than 100 microseconds, 50 times the peak data rate and one-tenth the latency of 5G, according to the document.
The report also introduced candidate technologies that could be essential to satisfy the requirements for 6G, including the terahertz frequency band, novel antennas, advanced duplex technologies, advanced network topology, spectrum sharing to increase the efficiency of frequency utilization and artificial intelligence-applied wireless technologies.
Samsung Research, the research and development arm of Samsung’s set business, has been working on 6G since May last year, by establishing a separate research group named as Advanced Communications Research Center.
Choi Sung-hyun, head of the 6G center explained: "While 5G commercialization is still in its initial stage, it’s never too early to start preparing for 6G because it typically takes around 10 years from the start of research to commercialization of a new generation of communications technology. We’ve already launched the R&D of 6G technologies by building upon the experience and ability we have accumulated from working on multiple generations of communications technology, including 5G.
Going forward, we are committed to leading the standardization of 6G in collaboration with various stakeholders across industry, academia and government fields."
In the white paper, Samsung expects that the completion of the 6G standard and its earliest commercialization date could be as early as 2028, while mass commercialization may occur around 2030. Both humans and machines will be the main users of 6G, and 6G will be characterized by provision of advanced services such as truly immersive extended reality (XR), high-fidelity mobile hologram and digital replica.
Whereas 5G requirements mainly focused on performance aspects, Samsung defines three categories of requirements that have to be met to realize 6G services – performance, architectural and trustworthiness requirements.
Examples of 6G performance requirements are a peak data rate of 1,000 Gbps (gigabits per second) and air latency less than 100 microseconds (μs), 50 times the peak data rate and one-tenth the latency of 5G. A comparison of key performance requirements between 6G and 5G is shown in the diagram below.
The architectural requirements of 6G include resolving the issues arising from the limited computation capability of mobile devices as well as implementing AI right from the initial phase of technology development and enabling the flexible integration of new network entities. The trustworthiness requirement addresses the security and privacy issues arising from the widespread use of user data and AI technologies.
The white paper also introduces candidate technologies that could be essential to satisfy the requirements for 6G. These include the use of the terahertz (THz) frequency band, novel antenna technologies to enhance the coverage of high frequency band signals, advanced duplex technologies, the evolution of network topology, spectrum sharing to increase the efficiency of frequency utilization and the use of AI in wireless communications.
The company highlighted that Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong -- the de facto leader of the tech giant Samsung -- has been leading establishment of the 6G vision, in which he set a goal of outstripping Samsung’s global competitors in the network equipment market, such as Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia.
Regarding 6G, Lee emphasized consistent and continuous investments for the future in a recent meeting with top executives. For those interesting in learning more on this read the full Samsung White Paper below, courtesy of Patently Apple.