China Mobile issues white paper on 6G requirements, designs with 16 telecom operators
Published: Mar 21, 2023 04:40 PM
A concept photo of 6G technology Illustration: VCG

A concept photo of 6G technology Illustration: VCG

The 6G Requirements and Design Considerations, a proposal for the next-generation ultra-high-speed mobile connections, was released by China Mobile together with 16 international telecom operators through the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN), reflecting China's growing clout in the telecom sector, China Mobile told the Global Times on Tuesday in a statement.

Despite the US' technology decoupling push, an analyst noted that China plays an indispensible and leading role in promoting global telecom development, with its richest supply of application scenarios and the largest user scale, with global enterprises actively involved in the Chinese market.

The objectives of the work were to explore design requirements and provide timely guidance to the industry's research and development, to play a key role in avoiding the fragmentation of 6G standards and ecosystems to achieve affordable deployments, and to engage with different stakeholders, monitor external 6G activities and facilitate timely exchanges with external organizations, according to the document.

The work serves to offer guidance toward the realization of the vision of communication systems for 2030 and beyond, per the considerations and the statement.

The considerations cover various sectors from potential use scenarios, tech requirements and value indicators to design considerations and trade-offs, involving 53 international entities.

The requirements include a set of essential needs related to network evolution, such as digital inclusion, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, according to the considerations.

Chinese telecom operators are leading the world in different fields of the sector such as 5G, 6G and fixed-line telecommunications, while cooperating with international institutions for standard setting, a move meant to prevent uncertainties for the future, Fu Liang, an independent tech analyst, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Chinese enterprises and telecom operators have been playing a leading role in promoting the global R&D of 6G. For instance, China Mobile has published 31 white papers and 60 high-quality papers on 6G, ranking first among global telecom operators, the company said.

Fu added that China has the largest market in crucial fields of the telecom industry, from internet construction to key equipment, with leading companies like Huawei and ZTE.

The enriched application scenarios and the largest user scale can provide the best and irreplaceable testing scenarios for global enterprises, attracting leading global players including Qualcomm and Intel to actively participate in the operation of the Chinese market, Fu said.

The considerations is the third white paper co-led by China Mobile in the NGMN, which promoted the leap of 6G research from the initial vision of demand to system design. It once again reflected the international influence of China's communication industry, according to China Mobile.

China will formulate an industry development blueprint to promote research and innovation of 6G mobile connect technology, Jin Zhuanglong, head of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, said earlier in March.