A new global strategy to develop future wireless communication networks based on 6G: this is the purpose announced by the Japanese government in a statement released on Tuesday, then taken up by the Japan Times. Japanese institutions plan to introduce 6G in the early 2030s after the same 5G services have become firmly established in the country and, it is thought, around the globe.
Just for this spring, symposia and conferences have been organized (the first one should be held on Monday) to discuss the technological development of this new type of connection and possible new policies of use, as stated by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications itself. It is about “strengthening Japan’s international competitiveness,” as Minister Sanae Takaichi clearly specified during a press conference.
As far as 5G is concerned, it is generally accepted that Japan has lagged behind South Korea and China, but also behind the United States, at least as far as the launch of commercial services is concerned. Focusing, therefore, already now on superior technology could make it possible to catch up and ensure that the country can be ready, during the 2030s, for targeted deployment of the new protocol in the country.
6G networks will allow a much higher speed than 5G (which in itself is already much better than 4G) and will allow connections to many more devices at the same time as well as new wireless applications probably not even predictable at the moment.
In addition, 6G is expected to be much more secure than 5G and to allow lower power consumption, which is very important especially for mobile devices and smartphones.