While countries like the USA vouched for 6G long back, it looks like Chinese companies are now hopping on the train slowly. Qin Fei, who is a Dean of Vivo Communications Research Institute, says 6G requires smartphones, AR, VR, and Robotics to build a better wireless network.
At a 6G series meeting held by Vivo, he says(via ITHome) Vivo has begun the 6G research and subsequent scenarios. He feels 6G will emphasize more on AR(Augmented Reality), VR(Virtual Reality), and other adjacent technologies. According to him, future AR/VR glasses will be much thinner, comfortable. And will be in sync with a brain-computer to read people’s minds.
After 2030, multi-function robots will replace the current primary ones with updated AI-intelligence. And advancement in other technologies, predicts Fei. However, he says Smartphones are less likely to get replaced in 6G era. Complexity of touch screen, custom communication modules, computing unit, ARM cores, etc., are reportedly the reasons for that.
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Furthermore, he says Vivo prefers to develop more 2C(To C) terminals in the future. When asked about the differences between 5G and 6G, he says, 6G will focus on strengthening to predecessors like 5G, 4G. Also, 6G will combine AI to become a complete service by integrating communication, computation, and storage. However, he says 6G≠5G+AI.
That said, Vivo is not the only company to embrace the next generation of wireless communication technology. South Korean giant LG, and Samsung have already begun its R&D. And Samsung is expecting that 6G will launch commercially by 2028. Nevertheless, 6G will probably have improvements like 1 terabyte per second(1 Tbps) speed, MEC(multi-access edge computing), faster sampling rates, combination of sub-mmWave, and Frequency Selectivity for better EM absorption rates, etc.
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