6G will be up to 100 times faster than 5G: MediaTek

The data transmission speed of 6G (sixth-generation wireless) networks is expected to be 10 to 100 times faster than 5G technology, MediaTek Inc (聯發科) said in an article published on Jan. 18.

6G standardization is expected to begin in 2024 or 2025, with the first standard technology expected in 2027 or 2028, said MediaTek, one of the world’s leading chip design companies.

“Our 6G vision is of an adaptive, integrated, super-heterogeneous wireless communications system, delivering ubiquitous mobile connectivity in a truly ubiquitous way,” the paper said.

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The industry is making breakthroughs in research and development (R&D) of key 6G technologies, said Fan Ming-xi (范明熙), deputy general manager of MediaTek’s communication system design department.

MediaTek is strengthening its 6G R&D and working with top researchers from academia and industry to explore innovative technology trends, Fan said.

In addition to several new technologies, such as ultra-wideband receiver and transmitter technology, the convergence of terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks, artificial intelligence and machine learning for networks and communications could lead to the introduction of more innovative and emerging technologies over the next few years. a few years, Fan added.

The standardization and deployment of 6G technology would follow the timeline set out in the International Telecommunication Union’s radio industry’s international mobile telecommunications vision for 2030 and beyond, MediaTek said.

The company expects the first standardization efforts to begin next year or in 2024.

He said he would continue to develop 5G technology to help push the standardization and commercialization of 6G systems.

MediaTek also described new “killer applications” for 6G technology, saying these would drive the need for higher performance, such as extreme holographic and touch communications, digital twins and advanced telepresence.

MediaTek said 6G technology could increase data transmission speeds by a factor of 10 to 100, with guaranteed low latency compared to 5G, and provide additional spectrum availability in frequencies from 7 to 100. 24 gigahertz and sub-terahertz, with a total addressable bandwidth of 50 gigahertz.

The new spectrum opens up significant opportunities to provide “extreme applications,” but also creates significant challenges, such as overcoming poor propagation at higher frequencies, according to the paper.

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