6G Standards and Market Development

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1Q 2021 | IN-6098


Current Activities and Timeline


The race to the commercial launch of 5G started in 2019. Many countries worldwide have deployed their 5G networks, with the leading countries including South Korea, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Finland, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Germany. On the other hand, initiated by certain network operators such as Rakuten Mobile, Vodafone, Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, and Orange, Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) is also gaining momentum. By disaggregating software from hardware and opening fronthaul interfaces, the open network targets unlocking the telco supply chain, which is dominated by a handful of incumbent vendors, and introducing more flexible and agile multi-vendor interoperable solutions. In addition to these primary activities, academia and industry have also started envisioning and planning the 6th Generation (6G) of wireless technologies for the 2030s.

Building upon the standardized 5G and Open RAN solutions, 6G would offer a new paradigm shift from data-driven to service-centric communications. On top of improving the…

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