Academics from Oulu in northern Finland said they’re having the first 6G conference during the MWC19 last week Tuesday, and they’re presently taking requests.
“We expect to see a future where the phone you’re carrying around now will either disappear, or its role will be dismissed, and there will be new ways a human can consume data,” the 6G flagship collaborative projects leader, Ari Pouttu of the University of Oulu, said. “Your user device might be on your table at your home, or it could be in the window of your car.”
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5G still has several releases to go, but it’s time to start building a wish list for the next generation, University of Oulu 5G test network director Olli Liinamaa said. He described a process of about five years of kicking around academic papers, probably turning into standards-setting attempts around 2025 or 2026, for a target 2030 launch.
“If you want to be a big player in your industry in the 2030s, you should start looking at 6G research quite soon,” Antti Aumo, executive director of Invest in Finland, said.
Much of 6G will be designed not for the needs of humans, but for intelligent machines, Pouttu said. Latencies of less than one millisecond are “imperceptible to humans, but it’s a long time for machines,” he added. According to Pouttu, 6G will be “fully inspired by AI.”
Networks could even, in theory, self-configure. Mesh networking is coming to 5G down the road; what if 6G looked more like a mesh network than a cellular network, with users able to buy their own mini base stations to define coverage? “New, disruptive business models most likely will appear,” Pouttu said.
For now, it’s all about dreams. This early in the 6G process, Liinamaa said, they’re taking input from everyone who might want to design or use a network, like academics, business owners, scientists, wireless operators, and equipment makers. Their 6G wireless summit will take place in Levi, Finland in late March.