While there is still a lot of innovation ahead for 5G, many projects identified as “Next G” and “6G” are underway globally with significant leadership from the Americas.
5G Americas, the voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas announced the publication of Mobile Communications Towards 2030, which details how the industry will build and evolve wireless communications networks for consumers and enterprises beyond what we know as 5G.
Chris Pearson, president of 5G Americas, said, “While 5G is at the beginning of a long era of innovation with a full road map of exciting enhancements, the work to research and study the next generation of possibilities is already underway. It is imperative that the Americas region build and maintain leadership, gathering input from wireless operators and vendors, as well as academia, other vertical industries, and the government.”
Emerging next generation wireless communications use cases are several years away from being formulated but include some thrilling opportunities. Early use cases may include multi-sensory telepresence and immersion via extended reality (XR), as well as use of digital twins in Industry 4.0’s cyber-physical systems. Additional use cases may include holographic teleportation, tactile and haptic communications, and many more.
Wireless impacts on vertical industries may include opportunities in precision crops and livestock, biosensor monitoring in health care, advanced driver assist and autonomous driving for transportation systems, first responder systems that allow rapid data collection from sensors and real-time situational awareness, and government and defense systems utilizing ubiquitous connectivity.
Additionally, the white paper provides insight into the vision and requirements necessary for next generation wireless networks to come to life. Emerging applications may require very high data rates into the Tbps range for digital twins and tactile feedback, extremely wide coverage for rural or defense needs, and reliability up to “seven nines” (99.99999 percebt uptime) for intense remote control and digital twin requirements.
Mobile Communications Towards 2030 examines these areas:
- Activities in North America in context of next generation wireless work
- Review of global activities (China, Japan, Europe, Korea, Taiwan & India)
- Use Cases (multi-sensory telepresence and immersion, Industry 4.0, digital twins, and advances in different vertical industries)
- Technology requirements and network evolution
- Technology enablers and trends
- North American leadership
More information is available at 5G Americas’ website.