China, Finland, and South Korea have started 6G pre-research.
Communication standards have always been a high point to compete for, and now the fight has begun.
According to some media reports recently, Huawei is about to start research and development of 6G (the sixth generation mobile communication network) technology in its laboratory in Ottawa, Canada.
Huawei’s laboratory in Ottawa was established in 2010. The laboratory has extensive cooperation and exchanges with 13 Canadian universities. At present, Huawei Laboratory has discussed 6G R&D with relevant universities.
Huawei is not the first company to carry out 6G pre-research. South Korean companies are also at the forefront. In January this year, LG of Korea set up a 6G research laboratory. The Korean government is expected to start developing 6G standards in 2021. Finland and the United States are the other two countries that have indicated that they will carry out 6G pre-research.
At the beginning of this year, the Finnish government injected 25 million euros into an eight-year 6G research project called 6Genesis. Nokia and Finnish institutes and universities cooperated in research and are ready to work with South Korea.
The United States has also begun to prepare for 6G. After President Trump expressed his hope that 5G and 6G would land in the United States as soon as possible. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to open 95 GHz to 3 THz bands for 6G experiments. Bell Laboratories is currently looking for partners for pre-research.
China, Korea, and Finland have great advantages in the research and development of 5G technology, and 5G patents rank first. The sooner we enter the research and development of 6G, the more we can exert our previous technology accumulation and seize the technological commanding heights.
At present, 6G is still in the stage of theoretical research and development, and the key technologies are still in the conceptual state. It is difficult to describe the future development of 6G. Pouttu, the director of Finland’s 6Genesis project, said in an interview with the media that if 5G is the era of decentralization of smartphones, 6G will be the era of post-smartphones and fully enter the stage of the interconnection of all things. However, the research and development of 6G will also face various new challenges, such as materials, manufacturing processes, and energy consumption.
Huawei started research on 5G technology in 2009 when China just started issuing 3G licenses. It is known that the research rhythm of 6G is basically in line with 5G, and its cycle may last more than 10 years. It is expected that it will not be put into commercial use until 2030.