What is 6G?

6G will not only build on existing technologies, it will radically transform what a network can do. We believe it will liberate human potential, inclusively and sustainably.

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Why do we need 6G?

6G will fuse the human, physical and digital worlds. This will deliver a network that takes us from connectivity to togetherness, information to knowledge and effectiveness to purpose. 6G will help us redefine how we live, work and take care of our planet.

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6G technologies

Nokia Bell Labs has identified six key technologies that will be vital components of future 6G networks

- New spectrum technologies

- AI native air interface

- Network as a sensor

- Extreme connectivity

- Cognitive, automated & specialized architectures

- Security, trust and privacy

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6G white papers

Communications for the 6G era

In this paper, Preben Mogensen and Harish Viswanathan share a vision for a 6G future as well as a practical approach to achieving that future. They explain how we can connect the physical, human and digital worlds by creating a real-time twin of the world we live in.

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On a journey to 6G

We expect 6G to launch commercially by 2030. Standardization phase 1 will likely start from 2025 leading to the first 6G specification in 3GPP Release 21 by 2028. Meanwhile 5G will be enhanced by 5G-Advanced, which will be a key focus for 3GPP in Release 18 onward. 5G-Advanced will power commercial public & private networks starting in 2025, providing new 5G features and boosting 5G capabilities before 6G arrives at the end of the decade.

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