Samsung holds 1st-ever 6G forum to discuss next-gen tech

Samsung Electronics on Friday held its first 6G forum with experts from academia and industry to discuss the future of communications technologies, in a bid to lead 6G research and development and standardization.

At the forum, titled ‘The Next Hyper-Connected Experience for All,’ global industry experts had presentations and discussions on the topics of 6G air interface and AI-based intelligent networks for 6G. 

“We envision that 6G will provide ultimate experiences for humans and everything through the next level of hyper-connectivity, and this idea serves as the foundation of our 6G vision”, Sebastian Seung, President, and Head of Samsung Research said during his speech. 

While 5G communication networks are still in the process of commercialization around the world and often face complaints from users about quality and speed, Seung said it was time to start preparing for 6G reports Yonhap news agency. 

“Shaping 6G will require many years, as we have seen with previous generations, and will need lots of discussion and collaborations among players in industry and academia,” he adds. 

The South Korean tech giant has been working on developing unified global standards for mobile communications. It was among the first to commercialize 5G in April 2019. 

It expected the standardization of 6G to be realized around 2025, which Samsung said would usher in the hyper-connected world by increasing communications speed and enabling mobile-based virtual reality experiences. 

In September 2020, Samsung won a $6.64 billion deal to provide 5G communications solutions to Verizon. It was the largest network-related deal ever made by a South Korean firm. 

Earlier this month, it signed another 5G equipment deal, believed to be worth more than 1 trillion won, with US wireless carrier DISH Network.