2Q 2022

6G: Preparing for What’s Coming in 2030

Even though 5G mobile networks are not yet fully rolled out worldwide, researchers and regulators are already developing and examining the technologies that will constitute 6G. Since the advent of mobile broadband, demand for bandwidth and download speeds has increased steadily, as users have come to rely on mobile networks for ever more intensive uses in consumer, enterprise, and industrial settings.

This Guidehouse Insights report examines the different technologies that currently constitute 6G research efforts, as well as some of the use cases that will be enabled by next-generation networks. It also examines the possibility of a fragmented standard if stakeholders do not cooperate during the pre-standard phase, and offers key recommendations for mobile companies, developers, and governments in the years leading to a 6G launch.

Pages 9
Tables | Charts | Figures 1
  • When will 6G networks launch?
  • What advancements will 6G provide over 5G?
  • Who’s conducting research on 6G?
  • How will 6G impact existing industries and use cases?
  • How will 6G incorporate security?
  • Mobile telecoms operators
  • IoT vendors
  • Telecoms regulatory bodies
  • Network infrastructure vendors
  • Academic research groups




The Development of 6G Has Already Begun

Chinese Researchers Experiment with New Transmission Technologies

Finland Kicks off 6G Research Efforts in Europe

South Korea Aims for a 6G Launch by 2028

US Tech and Telecoms Firms Band Together to Define Standards and Priorities

Governments Are Using 6G to Compete with One Another

The IoT’s Demand for Bandwidth Will Likely Grow Along with Capacity

6G Will Deliver on the Promise of Industrial IoT

The Time to Define 6G’s Capabilities Is Now

Mobile Companies Should Prepare to Pay More in 6G Spectrum Auctions

Vendors Must Ensure Security Is Built into the Technology from the Start

Governments and Vendors Must Prevent 6G Fragmentation by Cooperating in the Pre-standard Phase

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