Many people spend 90% of their day inside, where GPS doesn't work well. Capgemini Engineering's Subhankar Pal explores the indoor alternatives. Can existing technologies suffice?
Each new generation of technology is an opportunity to overcome the shortcomings of its predecessors and stake out new use cases. 6G is no exception to that rule, including for how it will —finally — bring true broadband speeds to even the most remote, sparsely populated areas.
For both the unserved and underserved, spaceborne and airborne networks offer hope — and not just in the form of traditional satellite internet services. The key to finally bringing true broadband services to every person everywhere is putting 6G cellular technology aboard LEO, MEO and GEO satellites and high-altitude platform systems (HAPS), transforming them into base stations capable of serving even the most remote places, such as the middle of the ocean. 5G's main drawback is that it's designed exclusively for terrestrial use...
Although the mobile industry has done an impressive job of developing and then rolling out 5G — 163 networks at the end of 2020, and another 114 this year, according to TeleGeography — it can’t afford to rest on its laurels. In this guest post Subhankar Pal of Capgemini Engineering explains why it’s not premature to start developing 6G.