In a groundbreaking move, Nokia has joined forces with SK Telecom, NTT, and DOCOMO to pioneer the development of a 6G AI-native air interface, aiming to revolutionize network performance and energy efficiency. This collaboration marks a significant leap towards integrating artificial intelligence deeply into the fabric of next-generation wireless technologies.
As the evolution towards 6G continues, telecommunications mammoths NTT DOCOMO and NTT, have expanded their research circle to include SK Telecom and Rohde & Schwarz. The newly inducted collaborators will aid in various 6G trials in Japan, focusing on identifying potent frequency bands for the upcoming technology. Of particular interest is the development of a ‘6G AI-native air interface’, that promises to bolster network performance and energy effectiveness.
In an exhilarating turn of events, telecommunications titan Ericsson collaborates with the renowned Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur for pioneering research in AI, Compute, and Radio technology, with a spotlight on 6G development. This theoretical partnership is set to stir groundbreaking headway in fundamental and applied study in the Radio realm, significantly marking India as a technological innovation hub.
SK Telecom, in collaboration with Intel, has made a groundbreaking advancement in core network technology, promising a significant reduction in communication delays and an enhancement in service efficiency, pivotal for the upcoming 6G networks. The innovation could slash communication latency by as much as 70% and boost service efficiency by approximately 33%, marking a significant leap forward in network performance.
An unprecedented advance in antenna technology can enable the manipulation of all five fundamental properties of electromagnetic waves through software control, according to researchers at City University of Hong Kong.
Five nations have formed a global alliance, ambitiously named the Global Coalition on Telecommunications (GCOT), a promising step towards international cooperation in the telecommunication arena. Set to modernize Open RAN, enhance 6G, and resolve security issues linked to China, this consolidates the efforts of five major entities across UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, and the U.S. The coalition aims to better integrate policy matters and drive growth within the industry. However, uncertainty looms over the form this alliance will take in future, prompting intense interest within the telecom sector.
Amid growing inflation and swelling telecom budgets, the advent of 6G brings in costly implications tied to Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment. As these financial implications loom, The Next Generation Mobile Network (NGMN) Alliance proposes a different approach to 6G implementation that may spare existing 5G infrastructure from unnecessary renewal. They advocate an operator-driven decision process in refreshing the 5G RAN, maintaining that 6G upgrade should not compromise 5G user experience and should be software-upgradable on existing network elements. As 5G capex reaches its peak in markets like the U.S., NGMN’s stance could potentially redefine traditional strategies in introducing new generations of mobile technology.
In a groundbreaking advancement set to redefine 6G services, field experts are experimenting with brain-inspired computing. Noted engineers from King’s College London and Princeton are spearheading a project aiming to enhance the integration of AI in wireless communications systems. This strategic initiative, fuelled by support from prominent bodies like the ESPRC and NSF, has the potential to reshape sectors such as mobile health care and robotics.
The GSMA and the European Space Agency are planning a collaboration to further integrate satellite and cellular technologies. This new alliance promises to bring non-terrestrial networking (NTN) into the market mainstream, a significant step, previously signaled by NTN’s inclusion in the 3GPP’s 5G standards. With eyes set for integration in future 6G networks, this collaborative endeavor aims to advance unique solutions for businesses and consumers. It’s an astounding opportunity that potentially could yield a high-growth market worth $18 billion between 2024 and 2031.
The US and India strengthen their strategic partnership, focusing on 6G research, Open RAN, and semiconductors, while collaborating on technology sharing, co-development, and co-production opportunities between industry, government, and academia.