After China, Europe sets out to conquer 6G
The future telecommunications standard could be launched as early as 2030, with a speed even fifty times faster than 5G
While the deployment of 5G has barely started, Europe is already working on the next generation of mobile telephony standards. Hexa-X, the European Union's research project on future 6G networks, has just been launched.
Entirely funded by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 innovation program, this project led by Nokia, with the participation of Ericsson for the technical direction, will bring together no less than 25 European manufacturers and universities for two and a half years.
Europe is obviously not the only one interested in 6G. China has been working on the subject for a while now. It also sent the first 6G satellite into space last November. Samsung in Korea and the United States are also interested. With the Hexa-X project, the European Union intends to be one of the first to deploy 6G and thus avoid a delay compared to other regions of the world, as is the case with 5G.
Faster than fast
6G could be launched as early as 2030, at best, on the basis of the ten-year cycle separating two generations of telecommunications standards. It would offer speeds 50 times faster than 5G. Promises that are better to temper. The deployment of 6G networks in Europe, but also across the world, could take longer and its speed could be lower than what is announced, even if it will be higher than that of 5G.
Finally, the usefulness of 6G could exceed what we have used telecommunications networks to date. “In the age of 6G, we will see applications that will not only connect humans to machines but also humans to the digital world. Such a secure and private connection can be used for preventive healthcare or even to create a 6G network with a sixth sense that intuitively understands our intentions, making our interactions with the physical world more efficient and anticipating our needs, thus improving our productivity. “, Assures Nokia.