Positions Huawei as a company that is always listening and seeking a global standard for 6G
The equipment maker Huawei Technologies sees the chip ban as a simple injury and will lead the world to 6G with the launch of the first products in 2030, announced its current president Eric Xu Zhiju.
Xu discussed Huawei’s 6G plans which were posted on Huawei Xinsheng’s online community. Xu’s provocative message was that Huawei is well positioned to continue to dominate in the next 6G era.
Although 6G is a more complex technology than 5G, it means that it will have an influence on several fronts like cloud computing, blockchain and big data. That’s why Huawei started investing in 6G research in 2017, while pushing the commercialization of 5G, Xu said.
“Huawei will define 5.5G and research 6G at the same time over the next few years, and it’s a test of the imagination and creativity of the entire industry if 6G can outperform technology (technologies 5G and 5.5G), ”Xu said.
Xu’s comments on 6G came as the first anniversary of the U.S. chip ban targeting Huawei looms. On September 15, 2020, the United States officially cut Huawei off from all U.S. technology providers. This sparked speculation about the survival of Huawei, which depended on chip imports, but its business performance this year has exceeded market expectations, according to Xu.
US chip ban made Huawei more profitable
Although Huawei’s revenue fell 29% on an annual basis in the first half of 2021, its net profit rose 9.8%, surpassing last year’s 9.2% growth.
“The US ban has hurt Huawei’s business to some extent, but not fundamentally,” Chinese technology analyst Xiang Ligang told the Global Times on Sunday. Considering China’s large market, Huawei has easily maintained its capital, staff team, and research capacity. company to advance next-generation technologies and strengthen its lead in the global telecommunications industry, ”Ligang said.
Geopolitical uncertainties are more likely to limit research and development of 6G technology, as Huawei could still be shut out of overseas 6G product markets, Xu said.
Xu conceded that 6G would face a complicated set of choices in its research phase, which made “deepening cooperation more important than ever.” Geopolitical fluctuations and the trend towards de-globalization hamper such cooperation, Xu said.
May 6G bring us together
“Satisfactory results in the development of 6G will only be achieved if 6G is sufficiently open, if the participants are pluralistic and if the communication is deep enough,” said Xu.
Worst of all worlds would be a split 6G movement, with two sets of standards and rising connectivity costs causing losses to global businesses, according to Chinese telecommunications expert Fu Liang as quoted in the Global Times.
Rival analyst Xiang did not appear to be overly independent of the official Chinese government line. Xiang said nations would learn from the side effects of the global split trend in the 5G era, which has affected control of the pandemic. The experience will push countries to cooperate more in the development of 6G and Xiang has predicted discussions on the vision of 6G in 2023 and formulated 6G standards by around 2028.
Huawei is ready to talk to businesses and industries that may need 6G technologies to jointly define 6G, Xu said.