6G Wireless. It Will Work! Introducing The 6G Report
I'm Dave Burstein, with the microphone at right. I'm starting The 6G Report because the race is on. March, 2018, China's Minister Miao Wei asserted, "We will be first in 6G." We'll hear similar from other countries.
Problem: No one knows what 6G will be. (That doesn't stop the politicians.) A good working definition is "Important wireless advances that weren't ready for 5G."
6G, 5G, & 4G are nearly meaningless marketing terms. Wireless improvements are coming at a ferocious rate. As I write in 2018, "5G" networks are building and soon will be ready for customers. Many of them will be slower than some 4G networks that are incorporating the latest.
Tools for the next generation of wireless are working in labs around the world. Hundreds of papers have been written on Distributed MIMO/"Cell free" alone. Frequencies from 60 GHz to over 100 GHz are in lab trials. Dynamic sharing of spectrum now works, and can extend to all the licensed frequencies as well as the Wi-Fi bands.Getting closer to the truth is always my goal. Email me if I make a mistake or to share an opinion. I'll thank you. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Published: 15 March 2018 15 March 2018
"I want 5G to be the best G ever," he told Light Reading's Iain Morris at Huawei's UBBF. Morris notes, " 6G may never happen, as McRae suggests. But that is by no means a certainty. And even if there is no 6G, networks will continue to change -- possibly beyond recognition."
Whether you call it 5G, 6G, or evolution, mobile progress will continue longer than I expect to live. (I'm old.) My 6G Report is about the technologies coming that weren't included in 3GPP Release 15, the current working definition of 5G.
The marketing terms mean very little: 5G two years ago was millimeter wave to most people. Some thought Massive MIMO performance also qualified. 3.5 was LTE. Then the lobbyists took over. Politicians were saying, "We must have 5G." To keep the pols content, the European telcos pressed to include 3.5 GHz, even though it was essentially the same speed as 4G. (Similar amounts of spectrum and number of antennas.)
Takeaway: 4G/5G/6G mean nothing without context. Underneath it all, tens of thousands of engineers are advancing wireless at a ferocious pace. If you need to know what's going on, follow the technology, not the name.