The research division of consumer electronics firm OPPO today released a white paper entitled 6G AI-Cube Intelligent Networking, which examines on how artificial intelligence (AI) can empower 6G network architecture.

The company said it has established a “pre-research team to conduct preliminary research on 6G service and technology requirements, key technologies, and system features as it believes (it) will reshape the way people interact with AI, as it is utilized to serve the public through a myriad of applications.”

In June, United Arab Emirates telecom provider Etisalat announced plans for 6G, stating that the network is expected to be even faster and support applications such as augmented and virtual reality, as well as AI infrastructure.

With technology that could usher in transmission speeds 100 times greater than 5G, along with near-zero latency, and connection densities as high as 10 million devices per square kilometre, IoT, already a key part of 5G, becomes an important factor in economic growth, a release from OPPO stated.

“Technological development must be forward-looking,” said Henry Tang, OPPO’s chief 5G scientist. “Mobile communication technology evolves in decade-long periods, and standardization of the next generation of communication technology is expected to begin in 2025, with commercial implementation following in around 2035.

“Looking towards 2035, OPPO expects the number of intelligent agents in the world to far exceed the number of humans. Therefore, the next generation of communication technology, 6G, should be able to serve the needs not only of people but of all forms of intelligence and their various interactions. With this end goal in mind, we have carried out the early technical research and system design.”

According to a new industry report by IDTechEx, sixth generation mobile network technology will be a US$1 trillion opportunity for telecoms and communications service providers (CSPs).

The new report predicts that “operators will launch their fledgling 6G networks in 2030, with the technology overlapping with its 5G predecessor for at least seven years, before 6G becomes the dominant network infrastructure of choice by 2037.”

According to an OPPO release, 6G will fundamentally revolutionize how AI infers, learns, interacts, and is applied, solving many traditional problems faced in AI development, such as data silos and user privacy.

“To alleviate some of the current limitations of AI algorithms, the white paper proposes dividing AI resources into different domains. Arranged according to specific AI tasks, multiple nodes, and resources under the 6G network will form AI domains, providing optimal strategies for accurate AI model allocation, network resource scheduling, and data sharing.”

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