While 5G is all the rage right now, Japan may already be planing its next step. Latest reports say that the country is already planning to launch 6G tech in 2030.
According to a report by Nikkei, the “post-5G” tech that will achieve speeds of up to 10 times faster than 5G. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications will set up a government-civilian research society to that end. It will be led by the University of Tokyo Goshinjin, with additional input by relevant people from Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) and Toshiba.
Of course, Japan is not the first country to have announced research into 6G. China has made similar claims in November last year, and a separate effort by Chinese tech giant Huawei began as early as August 2019. Samsung also launched a new research centre dedicated to 6G all the way back in June.
All that said, 5G itself will only be commercially available in the country in a few months’ time. Meanwhile, back at home, our local telcos are in the midst of testing and showcasing 5G tech, with quite a number of those happening in Langkawi over the past few weeks.