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China Starts Development of 6G Network

BEIJING – China has officially launched research and development work for 6G mobile networks, having only just rolled out 5G.
The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement said that it will set up two working groups to carry out the task.
One group will consist of relevant government departments responsible for promoting how 6G research and development will be carried out. The other team will be made up of 37 universities, research institutes and enterprises, which will lay out the technical side of 6G and offer advice.
5G refers to next-generation mobile networks that offer super-fast data speeds that promise to support technologies like driverless cars and virtual reality.
China turned on its 5G networks earlier this month ahead of an initial 2020 schedule.
To be clear, 5G is still in its infancy with most people around the world are still on 4G networks.
While there is a lot of hype around 5G, it is still unclear what kind of impact 5G might have on industries and consumer beyond fast download speeds in reality.
South Korea is the only other country with a nationwide rollout of 5G besides China. Countries like the U.K. and US have had a much more limited rollout, often focused on a handful of cities.
Long way to go for 6G
Meanwhile, 6G is still a long way off. Vice Minister Wang Xi of the Ministry of Science and Technology said 6G is in the “initial stage, the technical route is still not clear, and the key indicators and application scenarios have not been standardized and defined.”
In September, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said that while the company is working on 6G technology, it is still in an “early phase” and there’s “a long way to go” before commercialization.
Nonetheless, China is moving forward with 6G as it sees the technology as being of great future value.
“We should attach great importance to 6G growth in this critical period of national development, organize its preparation, promote it effectively, and open up in this area for innovation,” Wang said.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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