6g is needed or not?

Experts are discussing options for a new mobile communication standard - 6G, which unites industrial and consumer smart devices and makes interactive cellular television a reality. And satellite Internet will move base stations into space, and we will get rid of wires forever.
Many articles about the next generation of communication begin with these inspiring words.
Do I understand correctly that despite the almost absent introduction of 5g, the development of a new standard is already in full swing?
On the one hand, activists and alarmists tell us about Kessler's syndrome, and that it's time to start getting rid of space debris in orbit. On the other hand, all of our latest technologies are in one way or another associated with sending more and more satellites.
So who's right? And is there any golden mean between these concepts?


Mike Rees

Local time
Feb 3, 2020

It's quite typical in hardware that the next standard begins development before the "current" one is finalised and rolled out. There will be a cutoff point where introductions are prohibited so they begin to build a pool for the next standard.

With regards to Kessler's Syndrome, while I do believe it's something to worry about, I'm quite convinced that for us to take it seriously we need more commercialisation of LEO. Easy access, high speed low latency broadband for all is a fantastic use case for generating profits from satellites that will lead us to a point where the commercialisation of cleaning up orbit becomes viable.

As for a balance between the two? I'm in two minds. it should be all of one or both. Morally, having it all built on the ground as a theoretical 6g network sits better with me. Politically? Get it all in orbit and out of reach of states and NIMBYs who can hamper progress. A mish-mash comes with the downsides of both when they both provide the same benefit.



Local time
Jan 18, 2021

The commercialization of the orbit is already in full swing. Otherwise, so many companies would not have been created that specialize in launching something into orbit. More than 60 private space companies around the world. Apart from those who have already gone bankrupt. So there is definitely someone to implement the plan to put all communications into orbit.