- Huawei 6G research center is located in Canada.
- US is working on the 6G network.
- The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, an American telecommunications standards developer known as ATIS, launched the Next G alliance in October to "advance North American leadership in 6G."
The battle for 6G is already intensifying, although this communication standard remains purely theoretical, but it highlights how geopolitics is fueling the technological rivalry, especially between the US and China. However, it is highly likely the 6G technology will not be available until 2030.
The 6G technology is the next step in the technological advancements. Thus far, no one patented the 6G technology. Furthermore, there are many serious scientific obstacles to the emergence of the 6G. One of the main obstacles is the conundrum of how the radio waves could travel over the short distances and able to penetrate materials.
Networks may need to be super-dense, with the multiple base stations installed not only on every street, but also in every building or even on every device – they will be used to receive and transmit signals. This will raise serious questions about security, privacy, and urban planning.
Moreover, the reflective surfaces can help transmit terahertz signals. The development of 6G may give the United States the opportunity to regain lost ground in the field of the wireless technologies.
According to the Canadian media reports, the country launched a satellite in November to test radio waves for potential 6G transmission, and Huawei has a 6G research center in Canada. Telecommunications equipment manufacturer ZTE Corp. also teamed up with China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd. to develop this technology.
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a Chinese multinational technology company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It designs, develops, and sells telecommunications equipment and consumer electronics. The company was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former Deputy Regimental Chief in the People’s Liberation Army.
However, the question ponders, why Canada allows Huawei to have a research center in Canada. China is the threat to the West and Canada gets zero benefit facilitating the research center. Last year, China cheated Canada out of the conjoined project pertaining the Coronavirus vaccine. To note, US government believes that Huawei is a potential source of espionage threats – a charge the Chinese giant denies, Japan, Australia, Sweden and the UK, have disconnected Huawei from their 5G networks.
The US demonstrated that it has the ability to seriously hurt Chinese companies, as in the case of ZTE, which nearly collapsed after the US Commerce Department banned it from buying US technology for three months in 2018.
ZTE Corporation is a Chinese partially state-owned technology company that specializes in telecommunication. Founded in 1985, ZTE is listed on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges. ZTE operates carrier networks, terminals, and telecommunication
It should be noted, US already begun to outline the 6G front line. The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, an American telecommunications standards developer known as ATIS, launched the Next G alliance in October to “advance North American leadership in 6G.”
The alliance includes tech giants such as Apple Inc., AT&T Inc., Qualcomm Inc., Google and Samsung Electronics Co., but not Huawei. The alliance reflects how the world has been divided into opposing camps as a result of the competition for 5G.
Thailand, and other countries in Africa and the Middle East. The European Union in December also unveiled the Nokia-led 6G wireless project, which includes companies such as Ericsson AB and Telefonica SA, as well as some universities. Russia continues to welcome Huawei, it is even plausible that Russia will join Huawei in the 6G network development.
Thus far, 5 G network has not been fully rolled out. It is estimated less than 100 countries around the globe rolled out the 5G network. Hence, there is still a lot of work to roll out 5G to majority of the world.