Some people may be surprised that we are already talking about 6G. However, it takes about 10 years to develop a new generation communication network thus the earlier R&D starts, the better. Technically, 5G is still in its infancy and many regions of the world do not have this network. However, nobody wants to be left behind in 6G development. Recently, the Japanese government has stated its readiness to fund 6G research and development in the country. China is clearly ahead in the development of 5G. However, with the US and other regions working hard, it will be a tight race for 5G successor.
For the 6G network, the race to the finish line is already on. At a recent conference by the Chinese Council Information Office, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology talked about 6G. According to him, China is not anxious regarding 6G. His statement reads
“For China, it is necessary to be down-to-earth. The application of 5G is just starting and much work remains to be done. 5G work must be done well, but we must start work on its successor. However, whether it is 5G or 6G, this work is global. At present, our research progress is similar to 5G. We are still in the exploration stage…”.
China has an organization for network standards – including 6G
He added “We have now expanded (IMT-2020) to IMT-2030. This organization is mainly based on the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology. It organizes all aspects of the world to work together on next-generation standards research. It has three standards in the 3G era, two global standards in the 4G era, global unified standards in the 5G era. The benefits of global unified standards are self-evident. We must cherish hard-won achievements. In the 6G era, no matter what, we must also work to promote global standards. In the process, we must adhere to open cooperation. We will never close our doors to study China’s standards ourselves”.