If you’re a mobile phone user or home internet customer, you’ve probably heard of 5G, the newest and fastest generation of cellular technology. But did you know that there’s going to be another new G on the block? Plans are already underway for an even faster, more futuristic version of high-speed wireless internet. And it’s going to be called “6G.”
Just as “5G” stands for “fifth generation,” “6G” is going to be the “sixth generation” of mobile internet standards and infrastructure. In the same way that mobile internet connectivity has gotten better and faster during the evolution of 2G to 3G to 4G to 5G, the future 6G technology is likely to be an even bigger step up.
However, much is still unknown about what 6G will look like and how it will work. Technology experts are still in the early days of developing 6G capabilities. According to CNBC, technology executives believe that 6G might become commercially available in 2030. Until then, consumers will have to enjoy the high speeds and low latency of today’s existing 5G networks (if you can find 5G coverage near you).
Let’s look closer at what 6G means, why it matters, how it compares to 5G and other cellular data service, and how it might provide better internet service for rural areas. Even though 6G is still in its early stages, it has the potential to open up more advanced ways for humanity to interact with the online world.