No sooner was 5G technology known around the world than China reported today that it has begun research into the development of sixth generation wireless networks, just weeks after the country’s three major telecom operators launched 5G commercial services.
Cited by the official Xinhua news agency, officials from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Science and Technology confirmed that the Chinese Government has recently begun the development of 6G networks.
China’s two major state-owned carriers, China Unicom and China Telecom, also told Xinhua that they have begun researching extremely high electromagnetic frequencies critical to the development of 6G.
Future 6G networks will have maximum download speeds of 1 terabyte — the equivalent of 250 movies — per second and will allow the use of three-dimensional holographic maps as well as augmented virtual reality, according to Xinhua.
“Whether you are driving, cycling or walking, 6G will combine with holographic technology, allowing you to view three-dimensional holographic maps of the city,” described China Telecom CEO Bi Qi at the 2019 World Convention 5G held in Beijing, quoted by Xinhua.
China is one of the pioneers in building 5G networks. The country has built 113,000 future Internet base stations to date, and plans to increase that number to 130,000 by the end of the year.
Chinese handset makers, including Huawei, Vivo and Xiaomi, are also launching 5G-enabled phones in an attempt to capture a slice of the emerging market.