Huawei chairman Xu Zhijun announced that the Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies will launch its 6G networks in 2030, which is 50 times faster than 5G.
According to a report in Global Times, Huawei will define 5.5G and research 6G at the same time in the next few years, he wrote in a recent book preface. However, Xu noted the shadow of geopolitical uncertainties hanging over the research and development of 6G technologies, as Huawei might still be excluded from overseas markets in 6G products.
According to the article written by Xu, 6G has a more complicated technology environment than 5G, with an impact likely to come from multiple technologies like cloud computing, blockchain, and big data. He disclosed that Huawei started investment in 6G research in 2017 when it was pushing 5G commercialization.
For now, 6G is something for scientists and engineers to worry about, but if they get this right, we could be living in a truly connected world by the mid-2030s.
Analysts said that though the US' ban imposed a year ago on Wednesday caused some "flesh wound," the company is well-positioned to continue to lead in the coming 6G era.
Although it is too early to predict the final form the 6G standard will take and which technologies will be included, there are some plausible assumptions about its capabilities and the challenges that operators, manufacturers, and researchers face.
The Chinese government has already begun researching 6G technology. A report in CGTN said that Cui Baoguo, deputy dean of the School of Information at Tsinghua University, once predicted that 6G network speed could reach 1,000 gigabytes per second, with a delay of under 100 us-microseconds (0.1 ms-meter per second). The speed of 6G is 50 times that of 5G networks, and the delay is only one-tenth of the latter. 6G is far superior to 5G in terms of the peak rate, delay, traffic density, connection density, mobility, spectrum efficiency, and positioning capabilities.