China has officially launched research and development work for 6G mobile networks, having only just rolled out 5G.

Chinese government ministries and research institutes met this week in a “kick-off” meeting to establish a national 6G technology research and development group, according to a report by the Science and Technology Daily, which is published by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

One group will consist of relevant government departments responsible for promoting how 6G research and development will be carried out. The other team will be made up of 37 universities, research institutes and enterprises, which will lay out the technical side of 6G and offer advice.

In September, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said that while the company is working on 6G technology, it is still in an “early phase” and there’s “a long way to go” before commercialization.

US President Donald Trump in February tweeted that he wanted 6G technology in the United States as soon as possible, urging US firms to step up their efforts or get left behind.

To be clear, 5G is still in its infancy with most people around the world are still on 4G networks.

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