With the development of 5G commercial services, research work has already begun on ‘beyond 5G’ systems with an emphasis on the use of Terahertz frequency bands. Such 6G systems could emerge in 2030, and provide Tbps data rates and the basis for the ‘Internet of Everything’, bearing in mind the imperatives of sustainable development and smart environments.

The main questions addressed in this report are:

  • What are the drivers for a sixth-generation wireless system?
  • What is required for 6G?
  • Who is backing 6G?
  • What are the expected 6G use cases?
  • Presentation of 6G enablers – key technologies
  • Expected 6G roadmap
  • Conclusion – Comparing 5G and 6G characteristics

Table of contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Why a sixth generation?
2.1. Drivers
2.2. Expected requirements
2.3. Enablers to meet the new requirements
2.4. Backers
2.5. Expected changes in the ecosystem

3. 6G use cases
4. Key Technologies
4.1. 6G Spectrum
4.2. 6G enablers
4.3. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning

5. Roadmap & conclusion
5.1. Roadmap: 6G networks in 2030
5.2. Conclusion: Comparing 5G & 6G characteristics

List of tables and figures

List of tables and figures

2. Why a sixth generation?
• KPI’s of 5G and 6G: comparison
• New wireless hardware and physical layer technologies
• Possible technologies for user interface and service enablers
• Drivers towards local operators paradigm

4. Key Technologies
• Frequency bands above 100 GHz
• Benefits and drawbacks of different frequency bands
• Benefits, applications and challenges associates to THz spectrum
• Spectrum bands for 5G and 6G

5. Roadmap & conclusion
• 6G roadmap 2019-2030
• 5G and 6G characteristics

Geographic area



  • Ericsson
  • Huawei
  • Keysight
  • Nokia
  • NYU Wireless
  • Orange
  • Samsung
  • ZTE

Other details

  • Reference: M19170MRA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: 5G, 6G, Internet of Everything, sixth-generation wireless system, Terahertz frequency bands

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