5G Not Officially Out Globally But Huawei Reportedly Moving To 6G

An employee displays a Huawei 5G Smartphone Mate 20X smartphone at a Sunrise telecommunications shop in Opfikon
An employee displays a Huawei 5G Smartphone Mate 20X smartphone at a Sunrise telecommunications shop in Opfikon, Switzerland June 21, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)

A new report released on Thursday suggested that Huawei has started research on 6G technology. The news came amid continued criticism from the U.S. government and well before 5G tech is officially launched globally.

According to ABC News, recent reports revealed that the Chinese tech giant is already doing a lot of research on how 6G technology could help society and how the tech should be handled.

Huawei is not the only company that's kicked off research on the high-end tech that could provide 8,000 times more speed in connections than what 5G has to offer. Other small firms and research groups are reportedly in it too.

Wireless communications expert at the University of Sydney, Mahyar Shirvanimoghaddam, explained that in 6G tech, users can experience connection speeds of 1 terabyte per second. He further predicted that this technology can possibly allow users to access devices "through our brains."

5G, on the other hand, cannot accomplish that kind of service, he said. While 5G can offer high-speed connections and will also be focused on artificial intelligence, the scale of speed within 6G tech is just well beyond the limits of 5G.

Huawei is banned in joining 5G projects in Australia, while the U.S. included the firm in its entity list. On the other hand, other countries such as the Philippines have welcomed the company into their network-building plans.

Senior Fellow for the Cyber unit at the Singaporean International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Greg Austin, governments and groups that want to keep questioning the Chinese tech behemoth's security networks "need to demonstrate it."

Huawei has been accused by the White House of being a national security threat. The government also said the firm could be used by Beijing to spy on Washington. The company denied all accusations.

Official evidence regarding the claims and accusations has yet to be released to the public. The government said details were classified and of national security concern, thus evidence cannot be unveiled.

On Tuesday, Huawei CEO and Founder Ren Zhengfei made it clear that he is confident the firm will keep moving forward even if the U.S. refuses to remove it from the entity list. According to the Associated Press, Ren said the tech company will survive and because it is working on its own technologies.

Ren went on to explain that he thinks to be on the entity list could help Huawei be more independent and will push the firm to develop "major products" based on its own resources and without assistance from U.S. component providers.

Huawei has yet to confirm if it is breaking ground in 6G technology. 

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