In February 2019, Trump had urged U.S. companies to increase their research spending on 6G or be left behind.
In a news bulletin that was published by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, China officially announced that it has started researching sixth-generation telecoms technology.
Officials from government ministries and research institutes met this week to “kick-off” a meeting to establish a national 6G technology research and development group, reported China’s Science and Technology Daily, which is published by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.
In recent month, technologies related to ultra-fast mobile services have become a key point of conflict between the United States and China.
The development comes in the wake as countries across the globe are racing to roll out 5G wireless networks, which can provide data speeds at least 20 times faster than 4G and promises to support new technologies such as self-driving cars and augmented reality.
Earlier in February, U.S. President Donald Trump had tweeted about 6G technology urging U.S. firms to step up their efforts or get left behind.
China’s move to kickstart research into 6G comes in the wake of the country’s top three telecos rolling out 5G mobile phone services across the country.
Initially, China had said it would launch 5G services in early 2020, but accelerated its plans following increased tensions with the United States.