With 5G becoming a geopolitical battleground, Samsung is already looking ahead to 6G, which it believes could be a commercial proposition by 2028.

That’s around the date (2027) by which the UK Government has just demanded that the country’s mobile providers remove all Huawei 5G kit from their networks; it has also banned them from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after 31 December this year.

While Huawei, which on Monday announced a 13% rise in sales in the first half of the year, is distracted by the security issues surrounding its network business (so far the consumer side appears unaffected), rivals are preparing to steal a march.

“It’s never too early to start preparing for 6G because it typically takes around ten years from the start of research to commercialisation of a new generation of communications technology,” explained Sunghyun Choi, Head of Samsung’s Advanced Communications Research Center.

Just as 5G marks a major advance on 4G, so 6G will be a significant upgrade on 5G, where requirements are focused on performance aspects. Samsung defines three categories of requirements that have to be met to realize 6G services: performance, architectural and trustworthiness requirements.

The scale of the advance on 5G is evident in 6G performance requirements: a peak data rate of 1,000 gigabits per second and air latency less than 100 microseconds is 50 times the peak data rate and one-tenth the latency of 5G.

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.

“Both humans and machines will be the main users of 6G,” the company said as it released a white paper, The Next Hyper-Connected Experience for All.

“6G will be characterized by provision of advanced services such as truly immersive extended reality (XR), high-fidelity mobile hologram and digital replica.”

Sourced from BBC, Samsung; additional content by WARC staff