Mobile Operators are not keen on 6G yet

As with most of recent mobile technology generations, the researchers and the vendors have been keen on trying to make case for 6G but the mobile operators are not in any hurry to commit to the next evolution of 5G.

FT quoted Santiago (Yago) Tenorio, network architecture director at Vodafone, arguing that “nobody needs 6G”.

“The industry should make 6G a no-G,” he says. “There is practically nothing left that we’re missing in a hypothetical new generation. We would be much better off improving services and applications.”

At the Big 5G Event in September last year, T-Mobile's President of Technology, Neville Ray was asked to speculate on 6G but didn't take the bait. "I think we have so much to deliver on 5G," he said. He discussed quite a few topics in that event. You can watch the video here and read all the details here.

Embedded below is a clip on what he said about 6G

Quoting from Light Reading article:

Ray declined to speculate much on the landscape beyond 5G, including 6G. "I think that one is a ways off," he said in response to a question about the technology. "I think 6G is many, many years away."

Ray's comments are noteworthy considering T-Mobile is one of the companies backing the Next G Alliance, which is working to develop a cohesive North American rollout process for 6G. The group hosted a daylong event this week at the Big 5G Event, and featured Mike Irizarry of UScellular as its keynote speaker.

"6G will be about connecting pretty much anything you can imagine to the Internet," Irizarry said during his own virtual keynote appearance. "It's really an exciting time to look forward to."

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