One of the truly revolutionary next-gen technologies of our time is 5G. Of course, that could have been and indeed was said about 4G and 3G too.
On the communication front, there will always be improvements. 5G could open up lightning fast data transfer speeds to billions of people around the world.
This will inevitably allow for more powerful cloud computing and even more technological innovation.
But, what comes next? Where will telecom giants still need to improve?
These are the questions major players in this space should be asking now. One, at least, has started to answer them.
In a recent white paper published by Samsung, the company begins to envision what 6G might look like, what new technologies it will enable and how 5G will become just a stepping stone to them.
The tech giant outlines not just what 6G might look like… but also what new technologies will push for its development.
The conclusion is that augmented reality (AR), extended reality (XR) and virtual reality (VR) require so much device computation and data transfer that 5G technology simply won’t be enough. That’s what will force yet another generation of telecommunication networks.
The paper puts these tech fields’ sizes in the tens or even hundreds of billions of dollars range. So, we’re talking about huge opportunities for both consumers and investors.
But what are these technologies?
All the “Realities”
If you remember the 2008 CNN coverage of the presidential election, you got your first taste of real-world holographic technology in use, even if it was a bit rough.
But if you’ve ever watched old sci-fi classics like Star Wars, you are more than equipped to understand what it can mean for our future selves.
The idea of projecting yourself or any object into thin air rather than just on a screen now seems like an inevitable future tech we’ll see, just like flying cars might have been a few decades ago.
But the difference is, holographic technology is already here, as CNN displayed more than a decade ago. The problem is the computational power required to make it available to more than just one news network.
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The bigger issue is that AR, XR, VR, and every other “reality” that would use this technology would also need a network capable of sending that huge amount of data between devices. Cloud computing will be the only way to process so much data to make these viable. And that requires a monster telecommunications network.
5G, in all its power, still won’t be enough.
The paper lays out that 5G bandwidth will likely max out at around 1 Tbps. Most 5G networks, however, won’t be anywhere close to that level.
Holographic images, especially ones of a whole body, would require several Tbps of bandwidth.
So, companies like Samsung are already looking ahead. As the technologies behind these “Rs” continue to grow, the demand for networks to support them will also grow.
While there are going to be major winners in this space, including possibly Samsung, they will likely be the same companies developing 5G. After all, telecommunication is an industry dominated by a handful of major players.
Instead, there’s an alternative investment strategy we need to start considering now to be prepared for 6G… even if it is potentially a decade away.
Companies Ahead of their Technologies
With AR, XR, VR, etc. supplying the drive to develop next-gen networks, they will also be the companies working with those telecom giants even before launch.
If the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, Verizon, and others are going to develop a network for these technologies, the developers of the technologies themselves need to be present.
And this is where this next group of emerging profit opportunities will be found.
Holographic technology companies like WiMi Hologram Cloud Inc. (NASDAQ: WIMI) in China, Kaleida and HYPERVSN in the UK and VNTANA in the US are all early leaders in this field.
As you can tell, only one is public so far. But as their products continue to grow in demand and the telecom giants move onto 6G development, you can expect many more to join that crowd.
There’s still a ton of money to be made in 5G. No doubt of that. I outline all of the ways to make it yourself in Wealthy Tech Investor here.
But that doesn’t mean 6G shouldn’t already be on the table. It will take a long time to develop, as every other generation’s technology has. But there are already ways to begin thinking about how best to profit from it now.
To your prosperity,
Joshua M. Belanger
Executive Publisher & Founder