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Analyze the Future of Wireless Communication Infrastructure — What Do Cloud Computing, Satellite, 6G, and AI Have in Common?

By: Ben SheenResearch Director, Enabling Technologies: Networking & Communications Infrastructure


This IDC Market Perspective provides a long-range strategic outlook of the markets and emerging technologies for the rise of the 5G cellular and the expected 6G network infrastructure. It highlights the upcoming 3GPP standards release under specifications and the key technology components necessary for future wireless communication. Artificial intelligence (AI)–enabled techniques, satellite-based cloud connectivity, ground station as a service, and cloud computing will be the foundations for future 6G wireless communications; they have already established their presence in today's ecosystem to ignite new businesses relying on the network capabilities made possible by 5G.

"Cloud-native network architecture and OS-virtualized portable containers have been adopted in commercial 5G wireless infrastructures from the RAN edge to the mobile core network," said Ben Sheen, research director, Networking and Communications Infrastructure at IDC. "6G is expected to include AI everywhere in the mobile networks, from AI-assisted new radio access schemes to noncellular technologies such as sensors embedded in Internet of Everything (IoE). Research on new AI architectures at diverse edge points can solve the challenge of how to update and federate multiple AI/ML models across platforms."



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