5G has barely landed and we are already hearing about 6G. In this area, China has taken a step ahead of everyone. In fact, in November 2020, it deployed a satellite which was to begin tests for the development of this new network. According to information relayed by Les Echos, Europe is moving in the same direction.
On January 1, 2021, the European Commission officially launched a research project on the 6G called Hexa-X. It was set up to "meet the needs of people to communicate anywhere, anytime." » In total, 25 manufacturers and universities are taking part in this project.
We know that Nokia will officiate as project manager. Ericsson, meanwhile, will be the technical director.
The next logical step after 5G
The announcement of this project is not very surprising. The European Commission had already suggested in March 2020 that “Europe must now invest if it wants to be at the forefront of 4G networks. "For the initiators of the project is the logical continuation after the deployment of 5G.
According to them, “the need for connectivity services is expected to continue to grow exponentially. "For now, it is unclear how much will cost the realization of such a project. Nevertheless, thanks to the Ouest France site, we know that it will have a budget that is part of the European Union's framework program for research and innovation, which has been granted the sum of 80 billion euros on seven years.
What can we expect?
The arrival of 6G should revolutionize the world of communication. We know that the actors who take the Hexa-X project are targeting speeds of around 1000 gigabits per second. According to them, this network could for example make it possible to participate in a meeting simply by using a hologram.
However, deploying 6G requires preparation time. Peter Vetter, Head of Access & Devices Research at Nokia, said there is still a need to identify "the practical cases, the development of fundamental 6G technologies and the definition of a new architecture for an intelligent matrix that integrates 6G technology enablers. essential. "It will take time before it is deployed.
According to the Ouest France site, 6G will not be launched before 2030. The Hexa-X project will only last two and a half years.