Date
26 June 2019
Korean tech giant Samsung is said to have already begun R&D work on 6G mobile technology. Photo: Reuters
Korean tech giant Samsung is said to have already begun R&D work on 6G mobile technology. Photo: Reuters

Samsung aims for headstart in 6G

5G services have just arrived, but Samsung is already working on research and development of 6G technology.

In theory, 6G could be 100 times faster than 5G, something rather difficult to imagine based on our current user experience. 6G service is expected to be introduced by 2030.

China started to research 5G technology a decade ago. Led by Huawei, Chinese telecom companies probably hold the largest number of 5G patents.

By embarking on 6G research now, Samsung apparently wants to take the lead in the next 6G era.

Possessing 6G technology would also give the Korean tech giant a bigger say in the evolution of 5G and 5.5 G technology.

In February, US president Donald Trump proclaimed on social media that he’d like to see 5G and even 6G technology deployed in the US as soon as possible.

“It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind,” he said.

As a long-time strategic ally of the United States, South Korea has a good opportunity to play proxy for the US.

But I am hoping the US-China trade war will end soon and the whole world will work together to develop common standards for future mobile technology, rather than creating a divide.

Otherwise, we may have to buy a separate handset if we travel to the US.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on June 13

Translation by Julie Zhu

[Chinese version 中文版]

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RC

Hong Kong Information Technology Federation honorary chairman

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