vivo Communications Research Institute Releases 6G Series White Papers, Offer Peek into Digital Landscape Post-2030
While 5G has just started large-scale commercialization around the world, the industry’s research and exploration of 6G is already in the pipeline. The vivo Communications Research Institute recently released two white papers, ‘6G Vision, Requirements and Challenges’ and ‘Digital Life 2030+’. In ‘Digital Life 2030+’, the Institute examines possible scenarios for digital life in the 2030s. A second white paper offers a preliminary view of the vision for 6G and its goals while analyzing potential challenges of networks and terminals.
Industry experience shows that the replacement cycle of mobile communication starts every 10 years. 6G is expected to launch around the year 2030. The 5G network has faster and wider connectivity with less delays than 4G. Which begs the question: Compared with 5G, what are the core features of 6G?
“The 6G era is still a decade away, so it’s very difficult to give concrete answers right now,” said Qin Fei, head of the vivo Communications Research Institute. “However, as the core features of 4G and 5G are connection and digitalization, we can say with confidence that the core features of 6G will be connection+ and digitization+, as well as intelligence.” Qin emphasized that 6G won’t simply be equal to 5G+AI technology. Instead, 6G will integrate more radio access technologies, cover a wider physical space, provide stronger basic capabilities such as communication, computing, storage and data, and support Information Technology & Computing Technology (ICDT) convergence services.
In a decade from now, what changes will 6G and other ICTs bring to people’s lives? In H1 2020, the vivo Communications Research Institute hosted an event titled ‘Imagining Digital Life in 2030’, in order to better understand and examine scenarios for 6G application. The event was a huge success, drawing more than 800 designs from college graduates, and from some 20 digital experts and media professionals. To make the scenario predictions more realistic, the Institute studied forecast reports of related industries for 2030 and the development plans of multiple government institutions for the next 10 years. Their discoveries and a final summary of their work were incorporated into the white paper ‘Digital Life 2030+’.
In this white paper, the Institute analyzed the projected development trends for 11 aspects closely related to people’s lives for 2030 and beyond and then presented more than 20 vivid scenario use cases. In turn, these cases included 60 creative designs of products and services, giving consumers and technicians a vivid image of digital life in 2030 and beyond.
As one of the world’s leading mobile phone brands, vivo has closely followed the evolution of cutting-edge technologies in the communications industry and development of 5G standards. vivo is a leader in 5G development and a fervent advocate of new age technology. As early as 2016, vivo stepped up its efforts in 5G planning and investment, and established an R&D center of 5G core technology and standardization.
As of October 2020, vivo has applied for more than 2,000 5G patents and submitted over 4,000 5G proposals to the Third Generation Partnership Projects (3GPP) organizational partners. Also in October 2020, vivo and ZTE completed a millimeter-wave field test organized by the International Mobile Telecommunications- 2020 [IMT-2020 (5G)] promotion group in Beijing.
vivo’s forward-looking strategy and consistent investment have allowed the company to make remarkable progress in the research and development of 5G standards and core technologies. vivo is among the most significant contributors to the global 5G technology landscape. In the 5G mobile phone market, vivo is committed to providing consumers with a growing range of 5G mobile phones and an improved 5G experience. As proof of its commitment, vivo has developed a family of 19 5G-integrated smartphones covering all price points. Offering more choice for consumers, the new phones are anticipated to accelerate mainstream use of 5G.
As soon as the 5G standard was released in 2019, vivo established a team to commence research and development in 6G. “The 6G vision we describe is the freely connected fusion of the physical and digital worlds,” said Qin Fei. “As a leading mobile phone brand, vivo aspires to become the bridge connecting those two worlds.” In the future, vivo will continue to focus on information consumption terminals and provide smart products and intelligent services to address the digital requirements of consumers.