Ten years back, no one knew about the 5G technology and its massive abilities. As of today, 5G, which is 100% faster and better than 4G, is here to stay. As technology keeps evolving, life is set to sail on a razor-sharp swiftness yet to be discovered since the history of man.
Although the 6G technology won’t be here till the next 10 years, it is important to know that tech industries and universities—the likes of Samsung and University of Oulu, Finnish— have started intense research on the 6th Generation Technology while making preparations to accommodate its launch.
This article sheds light on what to expect of 6G and the predicted difference between 5G and 6G. As long as you are a technology enthusiast, this post is just for you!
What is 6G?
6G, also known as the sixth-generation wireless communications system, is the communications system that will proceed 5G, that is, 6G will succeed 5G.
Providing an accurate description of what 6G is capable of doing might be too early, especially as 6G won’t launch till the 2030s.
5 facts about 6G as opposed to 5G.
It is expected that 6G will build upon the shortcomings of the 5G network and attempt to fill the gaps that 5G left in its wake. Some facts to note include;
5G features a shorter frequency. With a speed of 10 gigabits per second (Gbps), 5G is 100 times faster than 4G. This means that 6G might just be 300 times faster than 5G! Imagine downloading a movie on Netflix in a blink of an eye, literally.
While 4G provided 200-milliseconds latency, 5G provides 1-millisecond latency. This proves that the rate at which information will be shared using 6G will be nothing short of mind-boggling. One can only imagine how much lower than 1 millisecond 6G can go.
•Longer battery life for tech devices.
At the moment, 5G provides up to 10 years of battery life assurance. 6G will provide even better battery life, thereby eliminating all likelihood of short lifespan and repair of any kind of gadgets. Not only will these hi-tech devices save time, but they will also save money.
New devices compatibility.
While 4G can be featured on 3G-based devices, the case will be different with 6G as most 5G devices will not be compatible with 6G because of its infinite speed. Based on research, 5G doesn’t have the capacity to provide completely automated networking, as in the case of VR(Virtual Reality) which needs to go beyond 10 Gbps to work.
Thus, the whole world will have to operate on 6G to make use of new technologies.
Autonomous wireless systems.
Wireless systems keep getting better after its inclusion into 2G. With 6G, full support for wireless systems will be at the core of its features, especially as AI is becoming a household name. Autonomous systems such as UAVs and autonomous cars will be improved and the implication of this is that, not only will there be cars that can respond 240 times faster than the human brain, these cars will also be self-driving.
6G in Nigeria
Based on the negative inclinations of Nigerians towards the introduction of 5G in Nigeria which has caused its delayed optimization in the country, successfully gliding towards 6G might be herculean. However, 2030 is quite a number of years to look forward to and by then positive changes might be recorded.
Till then, technology will keep advancing and inventions will be celebrated.