5G technology has only recently entered the lives of ordinary consumers, but Samsung and other telecommunications equipment manufacturers are already preparing to switch to 6G networks.
Anticipating the inevitable transition, Samsung has released an official document covering various aspects of the 6G communications system, detailing candidate technologies for future generations of equipment, new types of services, hardware requirements, etc.
Although 5G commercialization is still in its infancy, it is never too early to start preparing for 6G, usually lasting about 10 years from the start of research to the commercialization of a new generation of communications technologies. We have already launched research and development of 6G technologies, building on the experience and skill we have gained from working on several generations of communication technologies, including 5G. In the future, we are committed to contributing to 6G standardization in collaboration with various industry, academia and government stakeholders.
The new 6G networks will operate in the Terahertz frequency spectrum
Thus, the document details three categories of requirements for 6G communications services, reaching aspects related to performance, architecture and the level of security offered.
The documentation also contains some clues about the prepared performance, the future 6G networks will offer transfer speeds of up to 1000Gbps and latencies of less than 100 microseconds. Both features are many orders of magnitude above the level of 5G networks. These performances would be achieved with the help of communications equipment operating in the terahertz spectrum (THz), using advanced antenna technologies and bandwidth management.
According to the documentation published by Samsung, the research phase will be completed by 2028, the first 6G communications equipment will be commercially available around 2030.