China’s Huawei has begun research on 6G according to its chief executive Ren Zhengfei, CNBC reports.
5G which is not widely spread yet is the name of next-generation mobile networks that provide super-fast data speeds and the ability to underpin new technologies like driverless cars.
However, Huawei’s founder told a CNBC-hosted panel on Thursday that it had started out 6G “a long time ago” as it has parallel work being done on 5G and 6G but that it’s in an “early phase” and there’s still “a long way to go” before commercialisation.
Mr Zhengfei said the technology is still “ten years out.” as a number of things need to take place before 6G becomes a reality.
One issue is that it’s still not clear what 6G will be needed for.
Huawei is currently focusing its efforts on 5G, and the company has signed over 50 commercial 5G contracts, more than its closest competitors Nokia and Ericsson.