Potential Use Cases and Enabling Technologies of 6G

Today we are sharing a whitepaper written by A-levels student, Ritvik Gupta from Sutton Grammar School, London, United Kingdom, who has written a whitepaper titled '6G: Potential Use Cases and Enabling Technologies' under the supervision of Dr Biplab Sidkar, Associate Professor , Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore.

The abstract of the paper is as follows:

Starting from the 1980s, cellular networking technologies have been undergoing a generational shift roughly every ten years. Currently, while deployments of the 5th generation or 5G mobile communication systems are being rolled out, discussion has already started in various academic and industry forums on the next generation (i.e., 6G) of networks. Network operators are driven towards newer generations of networks to improve the cost effectiveness and efficiency of energy and spectrum usage. In addition, the development of 6G technologies is driven by two primary factors: the exponential growth in the traffic generated by mobile networks and new disruptive services / applications that are envisioned for the future.

The past decade has seen a steady growth in the number of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The number of devices from the Internet of Things (IoT) have seen an explosive increase and they now outnumber traditional devices on the Internet. The popularity of video-based applications, machine-to-machine communications, and cloud-based services has contributed to the continuous increase in cellular traffic, with expected traffic volumes of 5016 EB per month in 2030, as compared to 62 EB (exabytes) per month in 2020, according to ITU-R (International Telecom Union – Radiocommunication sector).

One of the primary contributors to this growth in traffic will be the advent of new network-based technologies and applications. These applications will not only provide the economic and business case for the deployment of 6G networks, but also serve to define the technical requirements of such networks. Some of these applications and use cases include sustainable development, massive twinning, telepresence, robotics, etc. To support these disruptive use cases and applications, the 6G system will need to provide orders of magnitude improvements on capacity, reliability, and efficiency, while also ensuring security and financial feasibility.

This white paper presents an overview of some of the promising applications and use case envisioned for 6G, with the objective to highlight the potential for new markets and to provide an indication of the expected technical requirements. The white paper then describes some of the enabling technologies for meeting the performance requirements of 6G.

The whitepaper is embedded below and can be downloaded from SlideShare.

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