China is leading in the research and development of the latest 5G communication network. However, the Asian nation has no intention of stopping at 5G. At the 2021 Technology Billboard Conference held recently, Wang Jianzhou, the former chairman of China Mobile and senior consultant of the Global Mobile Communications Association, delivered a keynote speech. Wang Jianzhou said, “When we are building 5G, 6G has already begun. By 2030, the 6G network will be commercially available. Now we need to speed up the definition and research and development of 6G.”
He pointed out that 5G technology has made unprecedented improvements in mobile communication capabilities. Nevertheless, the development of technology is endless. After the commercialization of 5G, the technology will need subsequent improvements. These improvements should have two levels – one is 5.5G while the other is 6G.
It is worth mentioning that Wang Jianzhou emphasized that the 6G network architecture design should fully consider the impact of hardware and algorithms on energy consumption, realize intelligent power control, and reduce the energy consumption of system operations as a whole.
In June this year, the IMT-2030 (6G) Promotion Group released the “6G Overall Vision and Potential Key Technology White Paper”. The “White Paper” points out that on the basis of 5G’s high speed, large connections, low latency, and high reliability, 6G brings new trends such as immersion, intelligence, and globalization.
6G is the sixth-generation mobile communication standard, also known as the sixth-generation mobile communication technology. 6G network is superior to 5G in terms of the peak rate, delay, traffic density, spectrum efficiency, and positioning capabilities.
India to launch 6G network in two years but it is yet to commercialize 5G
After the global commercialization of 4G network in 2009, India launched its first commercial 4G network in 2012. Now, it’s almost three years since the commercialization of the 5G network but India is yet to commercialize 5G. Nevertheless, recent reports show that India has put forward an ambitious plan to launch 6G in late 2023 or 2024. The industry generally predicts that the next-generation mobile communication technology (6G) will take shape in 8 years to 10 years’ time. How India intends to launch this network 6 to 8 years early remains to be seen.
According to Indian officials, the country’s 6G technology research and development have begun. Network equipment will run software written by local companies and use telecommunications equipment manufactured by local companies, and India’s 6G technology will go global. It is hard to imagine that 6G can be so fast unless this is just 6G as defined by the Indians themselves.