6G Cellular? Is it already time for that?

I’ve recently started reading quite a bit more about 6G. Most of us are just now starting to get into 5G. I’m not going to say that 5G has been a disappointment, but it has been marketed in such a way that people don’t really understand how important it is. I think many of us expected gigabit speeds all across the nation from 5G phones, and that’s really not the point of 5G at all. It’s more about creating a system that is designed to work for the future. It turns out that 5G is really more about modernizing and simplifying the cell phone landscape. That’s good of course, but it’s not as sexy as saying you can download an HD movie in 7 seconds.

Don’t get me wrong. 5G is awesome. For most people, they’ll get an experience that feels faster. 5G will enable better connection to all sorts of devices, and it opens up a whole new range of experiences from virtual reality to connected freeways. 5G makes all that possible while improving call quality and improving efficiency. It’s definitely worth it. And let’s be honest… a faster browsing experience is much more important than downloading movies to your phone at warp speed. Right?

OK, so what is 6G?

6G is a new cellular standard that builds on the work of 5G. While 5G was a complete, ground-up redo of the entire cell system, 6G takes the good stuff about 5G and improves upon it. 6G will use even higher frequencies than 5G, and it will enable transfers 1,000 times faster than 5G. Most important, 6G will have connections so responsive that you should never have to wait more than 1/1000th of a second for a piece of data. This makes real-time, super-high-precision imaging possible. That’s incredibly important for so many of the things we want to do in the future.

Call it good news or bad news, but you probably won’t see any real devices using 6G until the early 2030s. The international standards haven’t even been finalized. There are a few companies in Europe and Japan that are doing tests, but from the consumer side 6G is still years away.

A 6G phone?

Based on what I’m reading today, it’s hard to imagine that there will ever be a consumer 6G phone. Because of high broadcast frequencies, 6G will require a lot more power than today’s phones are able to provide. Even with a revolution in battery efficiency (that still hasn’t happened), the amount of broadcast power probably wouldn’t be safe. So I have to wonder if we’ll see 6G on phones, at least in the way it’s being developed today.

It’s far more likely that we’ll see 6G on remote monitoring. Everything from freeways to oil wells to ships at see will use 6G to communicate. The standard that’s being developed will allow for satellite-based 6G and that will revolutionize marine internet and internet in remote areas. The truth is that at least for now our phones are fast enough for virtually anything we can imagine. Ramping things up a notch for 6G isn’t needed today, not for phones. But providing a better long-range standard for wireless internet is critical for companies on land and sea. That’s where I think 6G is going.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.