Huawei, a Chinese technology giant, is officially planning to launch two satellites with two Chinese partners in July this year, with the aim of verifying the 6G network developments that the organization has led in global research and development (R&D).
According to a post on Friday by an independent digital blogger called Chang’an Shumajun, who appears to have strong ties with Huawei, the satellite launch, which was carried out with the cooperation of Chinese network operator China Mobile and a national space company about which no specifics have been revealed, has significant significance for China’s core technologies such as networking and switching.
On Saturday, a Huawei spokesman told that he had not yet obtained such material. As of press time, China Mobile had not responded to the Global Times.
According to Ma Jihua, a senior tech industry analyst based in Beijing, the satellite transition is natural as Huawei moves on with its 6G network architecture, which is 50 times faster than 5G.
Unlike 5G networks, which rely on base stations to relay signals, 6G networks, which carry higher frequencies, include satellite communications rather than base stations, which have poor penetrability, according to Ma.
At Huawei’s global analysts conference earlier this month, rotating chairman Xu Zhijun revealed that the Chinese tech giant will start its 6G networks in 2030, and that a 6G white paper will be released shortly to clarify what 6G is to the industry.
During a global 6G summit in 2019, Huawei proposed its vision of launching more than 10,000 small satellites to offer 6G services all over the world.
With efforts from such bellwethers as Huawei, whose 5G is now considerably ahead of its rivals, and has also taken the lead in 6G R&D amid the US’ groundless crackdown on its chip supply, China has made the largest 5G footprint across the world and is likely farther along in 6G growth.
Late last year, China launched the world’s first 6G experiment satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province, marking a significant step forward in China’s exploration of terahertz space communication technologies.
The satellite, which was carrying a terahertz satellite communication load, intended to set up a transceiver link on the satellite platform and conduct terahertz load tests.