Within 2 years, China has built the world’s largest 5G network. As of August 2021, there were 1.037 million 5G base stations, more than 70% of the world’s total; the number of 5G terminal users has surpassed 400 million, the largest user base in the world; more than 10,000 5G application innovations have been built in the media, medical, transportation, education and other industries.
Based on these accomplishments, China has already strengthened research on 6G basic and interdisciplinary technologies such as the use of low, medium and high frequencies, integration with non-terrestrial mobile communication networks such as satellites and high-altitude platforms, and started initiatives to make 6G a worldwide international standard. In terms of patent applications on 6G, China is presently on top of the USA.
In the future, 6G communication networks will effectively contribute to smart production and living, and ‘digital twins’ will connect humans, computers and smart robots to a giant distributed neural network, deeply integrating the physical, biological, and digital worlds.
The 6G era will integrate six major AI resources: network, terminal, business, computing power, storage, and data, and provide AI platforms for various industries.