Earlier this week, Nate Snyder, a senior advisor at Cambridge Global Advisors and former expert on counterintelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, discussed rumors about Chinese development of 6th generation networks in a conversation with Nextgov.
While the global conversation has been largely commanded by the advancements of 5G, as well as the national and economic concerns surrounding its implementation, the country’s willingness to outwardly reveal its potential 6G capabilities came as a bit of a surprise. “Though 5G deployment is still in its infancy and most mobile users continue to operate on 4G networks, [China] announced plans Thursday to launch two separate working groups that are specifically focused on advancing 6G.” Despite receiving backlash into its past and current practices, Huawei – and China at large – appears to have its sights set on 6G… though some experts have expressed their doubts about the veracity of these claims. Regardless, it serves as another instance of the country attempting to assert its dominance in technological innovation.
Snyder further explained this move by China as a part of its strategy to issue a “competitive statement” and spur investment. The other area experts who appeared in the article side Snyder took a similar stance, and shared the perspective that collaboration at 5G is the first priority before establishing leadership in a future generation of technology.