Ready to Tackle 6G?

Wireless communication technologies are always evolving to meet the demands of ever-advancing technology. 6G builds on top of the foundation laid by previous standards: connecting across industries, scaling to new orders of magnitude with artificial intelligence, and changing what we thought possible with connectivity.

6G Technologies

As 6G research begins and technologies are being validated for the new applications 6G will usher in, these leading technologies will be the focus for research, prototyping and testing to get to the 6G vision.

Addressing Challenges of mmWave and Terahertz Channel Research

New Spectrum Technologies

New spectrum for 6g will explore sub terahertz (THz) frequencies as well as 7 to 24 GHz and will improve the efficiency of existing spectrum with MIMO advancements and new waveforms.



Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will be pervasive in 6G systems, aiding in everything from physical layer design to network optimization.

6G Digital Twins

Digital Twins

Digital twins reduce risk in 6G systems by providing high fidelity, accurate emulation environments for every aspect of 6G from RF circuitry to entire network models.

5G Ecosystem and 5G Solutions

Network Architectures

Networks architectures will diversify in 6G with continued decentralization and virtualization of the RAN and completion of technologies like private and non-terrestrial networks.

6G Perspectives

There is a constant evolution happening in 6G research and Keysight experts are focused on helping to design, test and develop the next innovations for the 6G marketplace. Check out key perspectives and find out what the biggest obstacles and most exciting technologies are for 6G.

6G News

See how 6G is making an impact in the world and how Keysight customers are enabled to lead the charge toward 6G innovation.

Frequently Asked Questions – 6G

What is 6G?

In a nutshell, 6G is the sixth generation of the wireless communications standard for cellular networks that will succeed today's 5G (fifth generation). The research community does not expect 6G technology to replace the previous generations, though. Instead, they will work together to provide solutions that enhance our lives.

While 5G will act as a building block for some aspects of 6G, other aspects need to be new for it to meet the technical demands required to revolutionize the way we connect to the world in a fashion.

Who Will use 6G technology and what will it look like?

We began to see the shift to more machine-to-machine communication in 5G, and 6G looks to take this to the next level. While people will be end users for 6G, so will more and more of our devices. This shift will affect daily life as well as businesses and entire industries in a transformational way.

Beyond faster browsing for the end user, we can expect immersive and haptic experiences to enhance human communications. Ericsson, for example, foresees the emergence of the "internet of senses," the possibility to feel sensations like a scent or a flavor digitally. According to one Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) report, holographic telepresence and volumetric video — think of it as video in 3D — will also be a use case. This is all so that virtual, mixed, and augmented reality could be part of our everyday lives.

what do we need to achieve 6g?

New horizons ask for new technology. It is true that 6G will greatly benefit from 5G in areas such as edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), network slicing, and others. At the same time, we need changes to match new technical requirements.

The most sensible demand is understanding how to work in the sub-terahertz frequency. While 5G needs to operate in the millimeter-wave (mmWave) bands of 24.25 GHz to 52.6 GHz to achieve its full potential, the next generation of mobile connectivity will likely move to frequencies above 100 GHz in the ranges called sub-terahertz and possibly as high as true terahertz.

Another area of interest is designing 6G networks for AI and ML. 5G networks are starting to look at adding AI and ML to existing networks, but with 6G we have the opportunity to build networks from the ground up that are designed to work natively with these technologies.

There is also a challenge that 6G aims to tackle: security. How to ensure the data is safe and that only authorized people can have access to it — and solutions to make systems foresee complex attacks automatically.

One last technical demand is virtualization. As 5G evolves, we will start to move to the virtual environment. Open RAN (O-RAN) architectures are moving more processing and functionality into the cloud today. Solutions like edge computing will be more and more common in the future.

Will 6g technology be sustainable?

6G technology is expected to help humans improve sustainability in a wide array of applications. One example is by optimizing the use of natural resources in farms. Using real-time data, 6G will also enable smart vehicle routing, which will cut carbon emissions, and better energy distribution, which will increase efficiency.

Also, researchers are putting sustainability at the center of their 6G projects. Components like semiconductors using new materials should decrease power consumption. Ultimately, we expect the next generation of mobile connectivity to help achieve the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

When Is 6g Coming?

The industry consensus is that the first 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards release to include 6G will be completed in 2030. Early versions of 6G technologies could be demonstrated in trials as early as 2028, repeating the 10-year cycle we saw in previous generations. That is the vision made public by the Next G Alliance, a North American initiative of which Keysight is a founding member, to foster 6G development in the United States and Canada.

Before launching the next generation of mobile connectivity into the market, international bodies discuss technical specifications to allow for interoperability. This means, for example, making sure that your phone will work everywhere in the world.

Here at Keysight, for instance, we are leveraging our proven track record of collaboration in 5G and Open RAN to pioneer solutions needed to create the foundation of 6G. We partner with market leaders to advance testing and measurement for emerging 6G technologies. Every week, we come across a piece of news informing that a company or a university has made a groundbreaking discovery.

The most exciting thing is that we get an inch closer to 6G every day. Tomorrow’s internet is being built today. Join us in this journey; it is just the beginning.

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