As India preparing for the launch of 5G next month, industry experts said that the R&D of 6G is crucial for India at this stage to achieve global leadership.
6G is all about the convergence of the physical and the virtual, the connected world with the hyper-connected world, the universe with the metaverse, the real with the surreal, and so on.
“Around the world, whether in Finland, Japan, South Korea, China, USA as well as India, the idea of 6G has initiated a paradigm shift in terms of facilitating various research activities to bring this new generation of digital technology to reality in 2030”, said TV Ramachandran, President, Broadband India Forum (BIF).
“This 6G compendium aims to provide useful inputs to determine the future commitments and progress we need to make to achieve global competency and leadership in 6G,” he said during the dialogue on 6G: Future Vision and perspectives‘.
Various stakeholders including K. Rajaraman, Chairman, Digital Communications Commission (DCC) and secretary, Telecommunications Department (DoT) and leading experts discussed how 6G networks are expected to function as the fabric of the converged physical and digital worlds, providing intelligence, limitless connectivity and full synchronization.
“digital twins of networks, assets, processes and systems will converge at scale and holographic telepresence will become the norm for work and social interaction,” the experts pointed out.
Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the government is preparing to launch 6G services in the country by the end of this decade.
“Young people can work on new solutions to promote the use of drone technology in agriculture and the health sector. We are also preparing to roll out 6G by the end of this decade. We promote Indian solutions in gaming and entertainment. As the Indian government invests in technology, every youth should benefit,” he said.
6G is intended to be a disaggregated, virtualized and scalable network composed of smaller network functions with granular functionality that enable application-specific protocol processing.
The millimeter wave frequency bands ranging from 24 GHz to 52 GHz, which were developed by 5G and are likely to be extended to 100 GHz soon, will of course be used by 6G.
According to BIF, the range from 7 to 24 GHz can be used for 6G by using advanced sharing mechanisms.
“There is an increased focus on power consumption and energy saving techniques that are expected to be included in the 6G system. 6G systems will also likely require independent, vendor-agnostic testing and validation,” the experts said.