MediaTek expects 6G data speeds 10-100 times faster than 5G


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Taipei, Jan. 18 (CNA) The data transmission speed of 6G (sixth-generation wireless) networks is expected to be 10-100 times faster than current 5G technology, MediaTek Inc., one of the world's leading chip design companies, said in its 6G vision white paper released Tuesday.

According to the report, the initial 6G standardization effort  is expected to start in 2024-2025, with the initial standard technology expected around 2027-2028.

"Our 6G vision is of an adaptive, integrated and super-heterogeneous wireless communication system, delivering pervasive mobile connectivity in a truly ubiquitous manner," the company said in the white paper.

Currently, 6G is at the stage in which the industry is making breakthroughs in key technologies research and development, said Fan Ming-xi (范明熙), deputy general manager of MediaTek's communication system design department.

MediaTek is increasing its research and development in the field and is working with top-end professionals in the academic and industry research sectors to explore innovative technology trends, Fan added.

In addition to several new technologies such as ultra-wideband receiver and transmitter technology, the convergence of terrestrial and non-terrestrial networks, artificial intelligence, and machine learning for networking and communications could lead to more innovative and emerging technologies being rolled out over the next few years, according to Fan.

MediaTek said that 6G standardization and roll-out will follow the timeline set out in the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector's (ITU-R's) International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) vision for 2030 and beyond.

The company said it will continue its efforts in 5G development to help further push the standardization and commercialization of 6G systems.

It also outlined new killer applications for the 6G era, saying these apps will drive the need for more performance, such as extreme holographic and tactile communications, digital twins, advanced telepresence etc.

MediaTek said that 6G technology could lead data transmission speed to increase by a factor of 10-100 with guaranteed low latency relative to 5G, and provide additional spectrum availability in 7-24GHz and sub-THz frequencies, with total addressable bandwidth of 50GHz.

This new spectrum opens up a significant opportunity for service delivery of extreme applications, but also creates significant challenges to overcome poor propagation at higher frequencies, according to the report.

(By Jackson Chang and Evelyn Kao)