Forget 5G, let's talk about 6G

As wireless carriers jostle to see who can win the race to deliver 5G services to customers, planning is already well under way for what comes next. Once truly global, high-speed connectivity is achieved, 6G is expected to provide the structure necessary for “things that right now seem like science fiction,” said Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, founding director of NYU WIRELESS. “Totally immersive, 3-D virtual reality on phone calls and on meetings over wireless, true remote surgery and remote monitoring, the idea of the metaverse—these kinds of things will start to emerge in 6G,” added Rappaport.