Just days before the one-year anniversary of the U.S. blacklisting on China’s chip industry, Huawei’s chairman Eric Xu Zhiju announced that the Chinese vendor hopes to launch its 6G network and products in 2030, according to Global Times.
It is not a recent declaration that Huawei is actively working on its sixth generation of wireless network, but as the tech titan announced plans of launching at the beginning of the next decade this could be interpreted as Huawei’s – and by default China’s – sturdiness in entrusting its own sovereignty and capabilities without having to recognize the U.S.’ influence on its market.
“Huawei will defend 5.5G and research 6G at the same time in the next few years, and it is a test of the whole industry’s imagination and creativity whether 6G can surpass 5G and 5.5G technologies,” Xu wrote on Huawei online community.
The Global Times segment complimented how the multinational company has managed to stand its ground and prove its independence and self-reliance amidst the latest China-U.S. tech crackdown on the chip manufacturing industry.
Last year, U.S. officials permanently cut off Huawei from all suppliers with products containing U.S. technologies. However, China’s famous vendor exceeded experts’ expectations and took the market by exposing itself to the demands and made it its goal to fulfill the market’s needs.
In its 2021 Q1, Huawei net increased by 9.8 percent despite its sales revenues dropping by 29 percent on a yearly basis.
“The U.S. ban has hurt Huawei’s business to some extent but has not been able to hurt it fundamentally. Backed by China’s vast market, Huawei managed to maintain its capital, staff team, and research capabilities, which I believe will empower the company to push forward next-generation technologies and reinforce its leadership in the global telecom industry,” said independent analyst Xiang Ligang in a statement.
While geopolitical tensions remain and grow stronger, Xu believes that 6G will have to show its endurance in what might be a complex environment in its research stages, emphasizing that empowering cooperation between firms will be crucial to the sixth generation’s progress.
It seems that Huawei is more than willing to indulge in conversations with various companies in the industry that could potentially need 6G networks.
Huawei’s chairman shows ambitious optimism in the company’s future progress despite the current split the market is witnessing in its 5G research and development, in addition to the ongoing pandemic inconvenience which immensely affected China’s telco firms.