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The US May Not Be Ready for 6G, Experts Say

But ultra-fast networks can drive new technologies

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  • According to the new report, the United States needs to do more to promote the next generation of 6G mobile networks.
  • 6G is expected to offer 1000 times the speed of current 5G standards.
  • According to experts, the advent of 6G will enable the development of advanced technologies such as fully autonomous vehicles and remote surgery.

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The next generation of 6G wireless promises to transform the mobile experience, but some experts say the United States hasn’t done enough to bring the technology to fruition.

According to a new study by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), the United States lags behind others in promoting next-generation communication technology. 6G is expected to offer 1000 times the speed of current 5G standards.

Ashish Jain, co-founder of PrivateLTEand5G.com, told Lifewire in an email interview:

Slow start for high speed

Last year, the Biden administration promised to spend $ 2.5 billion on 6G, but CNAS reports that more needs to be done. According to the report, the government is developing a long-term strategy for 6G and is increasing funding for research and development.

“6G technology goes beyond improving data transfer speeds,” said the CNAS report. “Communication technology guides society and includes future economic competitiveness, military power and geopolitical impact.”

The next major revolution in telecom technology, 6G geopolitical competition, is already intensifying, especially among the United States, China and South Korea, said Bernard Ku, Head of Telecom Technology Group, Lumenc Technology Consulting Group. I told Lifewire by email. interview.

“The 6G battle for the US government has already intensified, and the quest for future defense uses is turning into an arms race to some extent,” he said. “The United States must strive to control 6G to maintain global power on land, in the sea, and even in space. To remain competitive, an army of researchers working on 6G. Is required.

The stakes for businesses can never be higher, Kuu said. “The first developed and patented 6G will be the biggest winner of what’s called the next Industrial Revolution,” he added. “This not only affects the world of smartphones and computing, but also many other industrial sectors such as automotive, consumer electronics, manufacturing, energy and healthcare.”

6G has the potential to enhance new technologies

According to Jain, 5G speeds are a favorite of advanced applications such as X-Reality, machine-to-machine communication, digital twins, and 3D video communication. But he added that these technologies need to be faster than 6G offers. 5G throughput peaks at 20 gigabits per second, while 6G increases to 1000 gigabytes per second.

“This digit of performance cannot simply be achieved with single-user devices such as smartphones,” Jain said. “Rendering is distributed across multiple devices over a large software-defined network.”

Two robot arms controlled by someone using a tablet in the lab.

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According to Ku, most countries do not yet have 6G networks, but it is estimated that half of the world’s data traffic over the next five years will no longer be used by humans. Instead, the data is used by vehicles, machines, meters, sensors, medical devices, or various other network devices without human intervention.

“With ultra-fast terahertz speeds and minimal response times, 6G will ultimately enable the development of advanced technologies that benefit everyone, such as fully autonomous vehicles and remote surgery,” he adds. I did.

One of the long-awaited reasons for 6G, according to Kuu, is that the Internet of Things (IoT) has finally become a practical everyday reality for smartphones and smart home devices. Researchers predict that 6G will emphasize very high bandwidth and reliability.

“If 5G enables IoT, 6G will bring about optimal use of IoT,” Ku said. “The 6G Internet will be available instantly and continuously and will touch the structure of many of our daily lives.”


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The US May Not Be Ready for 6G, Experts Say

But ultrafast networks could power new tech

Key Takeaways
A new report says that the US needs to do more to encourage the next generation 6G mobile network. 
6G is expected to deliver speeds 1,000 times faster than 5G, the current standard. 
The advent of 6G will make it possible to develop advanced technologies like fully automated driverless cars and remote surgeries, experts say.
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Next-generation 6G wireless promises to transform the mobile experience, but some experts say the US isn’t doing enough to get the technology off the ground. 

The US  is falling behind other countries when it comes to encouraging the next generation of communication technologies, according to a new study by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). 6G is expected to deliver speeds 1,000 times faster than 5G, the current standard. 

“While the USA has an edge in hyper-scale cloud computing, its telecommunications industry has lagged due to a high level of concentration in the sector, Ashish Jain, the co-founder of PrivateLTEand5G.com, told Lifewire in an email interview. 

Slow Start for Faster Speeds

Last year, the Biden administration committed to spending $2.5 billion on 6G, but the CNAS report claims more needs to be done. The report says the government create a long-term strategy for 6G and expand research-and-development funding. 

“6G technologies will bring more than just improved data transmission speeds,” said the CNAS report. “Communications technology forms the conduit of societies, implicating future economic competitiveness, military strength and geopolitical influence.”

The geopolitical race for the next big thing in telecommunications technology, 6G, is already heating up, especially between the US and China, and Korea, Bernard Ku, the head of the Telecom Technology Group at the technology consulting group Lumenci told Lifewire in an email interview. 

“For the US government, the scrum for 6G is already intensifying and the exploration in future defense use becomes an arms race to some extent,” he said. “The US must seek dominance in 6G to maintain global power on land, under the sea, or even in space. It will require an army of researchers working on it to remain competitive.” 

For companies, the stakes could not be higher, Ku said. “The first to develop and patent 6G will be the biggest winners in what some call the next Industrial Revolution,” he added. “It will not only affect the smartphone and computer world but will also have an impact on considerably more industrial verticals, including automotive, home appliances, manufacturing, energy, and healthcare.”

6G Could Power New Tech

5G speeds are a foretaste of advanced applications such as X-Reality, machine-to-machine communications, digital twins, and 3D video communications, Jain said. But these technologies will need the faster speeds afforded by 6G, he added.  5G’s throughput rate peaks at 20 gigabits per second, while 6G will scale to 1000 gigabytes per second.

“Performance of this order of magnitude is not achievable on single-user devices such as especially smartphones,” Jain said. “The processing will be distributed over multiple devices in a pervasive software-defined network.”

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Most countries haven’t yet experienced a 6G network, but estimates suggest that half of the worldwide data traffic of the next five years will no longer result from people’s usage, Ku said. Instead, data will be used by vehicles, machines, meters, sensors, medical instruments, or various other types of networked devices without any human interaction. 

“With ultrafast terahertz speeds and minimal response time, 6G will make it possible to develop advanced technologies like fully automated driverless cars and remote surgeries that will eventually benefit everyone,” he added. 

One reason 6G is so anticipated lies in the fact that it could finally make the Internet of Things (IoT) with smartphones and smart home devices a practical everyday reality, Ku said. Researchers predict that 6G will place an emphasis on extremely high bandwidth and reliability.

“If 5G makes IoT possible, 6G will bring optimum use of IoT,” Ku said. “The 6G Internet will be instantly and continuously accessible, woven for many of us into the tapestry of everyday life.”

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