5G vs. 6G: What is it and when will it be here?

The realization of 5G is well on its way with mobile network operators (MNOs) in many cities already deploying the infrastructure in select cities all over the U.S…

This, however, is merely a stepping stone for 6G connectivity where near-instant connectivity is anticipated to be achieved in order to support future, bandwidth hungry processes with holographic media, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML), smart wearables, autonomous vehicles, commuting reality devices, sensing and 3D mapping. This begs the question: What exactly is 6G and when will it be available? This article aims to provide a basic answer by discussing the differences between these two generations of cellular networks, with detail on the future vision of 6G and its supporting technologies.