Huawei Initiates 6G Research in Canada

Huawei at MWC 2019 (Source: Huawei)

On August 13, Huawei confirmed that it has started research on 6G networks in Ottawa, Canada, according to Canadian media outlet The Logic.

Another Canadian tech media iPhone in Canada also reported that Huawei has started 6G network research in its research center located in the Kanata suburb of Ottawa. Huawei has confirmed that the company has started negotiations with researchers from a number of universities in Canada.

Song Zhang, Huawei’s vice president of research strategy and partnership in Canada, said: “5G is already pretty new, and 6G is part of the so-called 5G evolution.” Huawei expects that its Ottawa R&D lab will help lead global 6G development.

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The Canadian government has not decided yet whether to allow Huawei’s 5G network to operate in Canada. The final decision will be made after the Canadian federal government election this fall.

There has been previous news about Huawei recruiting communications technology talent in Canada. Huawei announced in late February that it would hire 200 new employees in Canada and expand the number of Huawei employees in Canada by 20%.

Back then, Huawei stated that its staff expansion was mainly for strengthening communication technology research and development. The company invested $136 million in R&D in Canada in 2018, and plans to increase its R&D spending in the country by 15% in the future.

Yang Chaobin, president of Huawei’s 5G product line, previously said to media that 5G will be the mainstream technology in the next 10 to 20 years, and if 6G is to come, it will be around 2030.