6G technology promises to deliver extreme connectivity, enabling new and innovative applications like self-driving cars, remote surgery, and immersive virtual reality.
The 6G RAN is designed to support peak data rates of up to 1 Tbps, user-experienced data rates of up to 1 Gbps, and latencies of less than one millisecond. This will be made possible by using new spectrum bands in the millimeter wave and terahertz ranges, which offer much wider bandwidths than the spectrum bands currently used for 5G.
In addition to the new spectrum bands,
6G RAN will use new antenna technologies such as massive MIMO and beamforming to improve the efficiency and reliability of wireless communication. These antennas will be compact, low-cost, and will use circular polarization. They will operate in the terahertz range, ranging from 0.1 to 10 THz, and use a diverse range of frequency bands from below 6 GHz up to 1 THz.
To improve the performance and dynamic scalability of the network, 6G RAN is also expected to integrate network architectures such as distributed cloud and edge computing.