Sixth Generation (6G) Wireless Networks: A disappointment?
Concept of 6G
It is the sixth generation of mobile communication
standard and it has been reported to be at least a 100
times faster than 5G which could achieve top speeds
of 10Gb/s theoretically. The goal of the
development of this technology is to connect the
world more thoroughly and to give smart devices, a
closer to real-time experience. Imagine if a surgeon
could just perform surgeries on their patients from a
long distance by using this technology with the help
of real time holograms and virtual environment. The
tools, all synced in real time to help the surgeon
make precise surgical methods. Sounds like a sci-fi
fantasy right? Well it is and let me tell you why.
Why are the useful advantages of these technologies not
When it was just a concept, 5G seemed like something
just out of the future and the whole world was hyped up
for its arrival. There was a trade war between the U.S and China for the tremendous economic benefits of this technology. Everyone is aware of the destruction caused by the tussle between these two powerhouses. Reportedly, both countries have earned more than a 500 Billion USD from this venture and the race has now shifted towards achieving 6G.
Now let me tell you what happened when 5G came out.
All devices that could support 5G got a price hike of
about 300$ each. The reason was mainly to install
enough receivers to avoid data disturbance due to
blockage caused by physical objects. Mobile phone
companies had the most to earn out of this technology
and they did. 5G became a power symbol and people
started upgrading their phones in hopes of getting this
technology and they were embarrassed when they got the
results. 5G companies put a cap on the download speeds
because of the insufficient data packages. Upload speeds
of 5G are still not available since the companies decided that their systems could not handle such speeds bi-directionally and so, they used regular 4g uploading speeds for it because why not? Most authors on this subject agree that the world was not ready for 5G yet owing to the fact that over 95% of the countries
could not even install 4G services properly and the 3rd world countries were even worse comparatively. Real time connectivity was a failed concept if the world could not even afford it. All that money in the pockets of the 5G companies and exactly how did this technology help in the health, education and other public sectors? Almost none
Why is it that 5G technology failed to be integrated into
the public sector of most of the countries? It is because
economy was preferred over true connectivity and the race
for sales led to price hikes the common man could not
afford and this led to the technology being under
implemented in a lot of areas unable to function properly.
All the other uses except for the internet services on a
mobile device were thrown away because they were not
going to bring this much business to the stakeholders.
What does all of this have to do with a technology a 100 times faster than this one? The hardware to support this property will not be ready until 2027 according to conservative estimates. If 4G, an older technology was not implemented properly, who is to say that 6G will. The disappointment attached with this technology will be that it is way ahead of its time and maybe more efforts need to be made in order to normalise the previous technologies first.