Sony, Intel and NTT announced Thursday that they will work together to develop 6G mobile network technology. It is expected that 6G mobile network will be launched around 2030. 5G networks are only just beginning to roll out, but the three companies plan to set up a 6G network technology research facility in the United States next year. They plan to invite other major multinationals, including Chinese companies, to join the agency.
One of the goals of the three companies is to develop more advanced semiconductor technologies. They may even solve a user’s snome about the battery life of a phone: they want to develop a smartphone that can last up to a year on a single charge.
South Korea and some U.S. cities have launched 5G networks, China’s major mobile operators plan to launch the world’s largest 5G network this week, and Japanese telecomoperators plan to start offering 5G services next spring. Qualcomm, Nokia and Ericsson are competing to develop more advanced chip technologies, and Huawei has won a number of patents and is improving its technology research and development capabilities.
Sony and NTT hope to gain an edge in the competition by partnering with Intel.
The industry will finalize specifications for 6G chips and telecommunications standards in the coming years. NTT has successfully tested a chip that runs through light, using only one percent of the energy of a conventional chip. It plans to accelerate the mass production of the chip in partnership with Sony and Intel