On May 17, 2020, at the 51st World Telecommunication Day, China Unicom and ZTE signed a 6G joint strategic cooperation agreement. According to the content of the strategic cooperation agreement, the two parties will give full info on their respective innovation advantages in the 6G field. They will jointly explore the 6G target vision and technology trends, carry out research on the potential key technologies of the 6G system, and carry out technological innovation and standards cooperation in light of China Unicom’s network and business conditions.
China Unicom and ZTE will continue to strengthen cooperative research on 6G innovative technologies. On the one hand, the two parties will cooperate on 6G technology innovation and standard promotion. On the other hand, they will also actively promote the deep integration of 6G with satellite networks, the Internet of Things, the Internet of Vehicles, and the Industrial Internet to achieve the expansion of operator services and services.
ZTE stated that facing the 6G network in 2030, the two parties will conduct research on 6G high-potential key technologies, including air-space integration technology, terahertz communication technology, and visible light communication technology. Furthermore, they will do a couple of tests to ensure that the technology is feasible.
Furthermore, their 6G network performance goals include 1Tbps peak data rate, 20Gbps user data rate, and 100Gbps / m3 service capacity. Between 2020 and 2023 will be the research window for 6G network requirements, structure, and enabling technologies.