When Facebook changed the name of its parent company to Meta in 2021, it signaled a defining moment about the impact of the coming metaverse. Yet two years later, the metaverse still remains a fuzzy concept that means different things to different people.
One definition of the metaverse is a virtual reality space that enables users to interact with other users in a computer-generated environment. Although the metaverse is not mature, industry observers recognize the immense power that upcoming 6G networks will have to unleash real-time collaboration in extended reality (XR) environments.
The goal of the metaverse is to provide a convincing parallel digital space for people working, shopping, or socializing in the analog real world. The next generation of 6G cellular technology will help by making huge improvements in bandwidth utilization, data delivery, and application enablement.
Many technical challenges must be overcome for the metaverse to reach its full potential. Making progress will require the development of networks and software that can deliver seamless global connectivity, near-zero latency, and startling new forms of data analysis and visualization.
Most importantly, the metaverse will require a robust 6G infrastructure to enable such massive volumes of network data traffic. 6G is expected to offer peak download speeds of hundreds of gigabits per second, half-millisecond latency, and ubiquitous, reliable coverage. But achieving this level of performance over global networks will require new network technologies as part of the 6G standards that are in early development by industry, academia, and governments.
Source: The Fast Mode