China built 7.18 million 5G terminals and will accelerate 6G development

Data shows that by the end of 2020, about 7.18 million 5G base stations have been operating nationwide, and the number of 5G terminals has exceeded 200 million.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China’s 5G coverage and operation are leading in the world, released the State Council Information Office on March 1.

Data shows that by the end of 2020, about 7.18 million 5G base stations have been operating nationwide, and the number of 5G terminals has exceeded 200 million.

“This year, we must not only advance the construction of 5G networks in an orderly manner, but also accelerate the layout of 6G, upgrade the network and vigorously develop a high-quality information and communications industry,” said Tian Yulong, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

However, for now, 5G technology has not been fully popularized, let alone 6G whose standard has not yet been determined.

6G technology mainly refers to the sixth-generation mobile communication standard. The main goal is to promote the Internet of Things based on a substantial improvement in low-latency and loading speed.

According to Cui Baoguo, deputy dean of the School of Information of Tsinghua University, 6G network speed can reach 1000Gbps, with no more than 100us in latency, while the speed is 50 times that of 5G network, and its latency is low as only 1/10 of the latter.

At the recently concluded 2021MWC, Peng Junjiang, general manager of Ericsson’s Northeast Asia Research Center, said that the needs for 6G network will be proposed in 2024. According to the global standards that 3GPP has always upheld, a complete standard will be formed after 2028 for commercialisation.

At present, there is no clear standard and specifications for 6G in the world, and all countries are still exploring.

In fact, as early as March 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology stated that China had begun to study 6G, and kicked off a 6G technology research and development work meeting in November 2019.

At the same time, Chinese companies have already begun research on 6G technology. Among them, Huawei and ZTE are the domestic pioneers in the field of 6G technology.

According to Huawei Technologies Chief Executive Ren Zhengfei, Huawei’s 6G and 5G research are currently being conducted simultaneously, which would make Huawei a step ahead in the 6G field.

In June last year, Huawei, China Unicom and GalaxySpace reached an air-space-ground integration strategic partnership agreement, which will jointly develop the 6G field and build a 6G research center in France.

At the same time, ZTE has also made it clear that it is currently stepping up efforts to overcome various key technologies of 6G.

In addition, UNISOC, vivo, Datang Telecom and other companies have begun to explore 6G technology, and have already published 6G white papers, made strategies and locating directions for 6G technologies.

At the same time, in November 2020, China will also take the lead in launching a 6G communication experimental satellite, realizing the world’s first terahertz wave space research and development project.

While Chinese exploration of 6G technology is in full swing, foreign manufacturers are not far behind.

More than 10 American companies including Apple, Google, Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, Microsoft and the three major telecom operators Verizon, AT&T and T mobile have jointly established a 6G alliance to jointly explore and innovate 6G technology.

It is reported that the 6G alliance has established three strategic tasks, to secure a leading position in the 6G era in the future.

The alliance stated that it will be committed to securing North American mobile technology a leading position in the 5G evolution path and 6G development in the next ten years.

However, nowadays 6G technology are mainly theoretical, and the popularization of 5G technology is the key now.

Chinese companies that did not have the say in 3G and 4G, will regain it with independently-developed technologies in the 5G era. This will help Chinese technology companies explore in this field further in the next few years, some analysts believe.

Disclaimer: This is an article created by Michael Liang for Chinasdg.org. You can find the original article here: https://chinasdg.org/2021/03/02/china-built-7-18-million-5g-terminals-and-will-accelerate-6g-development/.

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