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Vietnam to start researching 6G network: telecoms official

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The research and development of the sixth-generation (6G) wireless technology must be carried out this year and huge efforts are required to make Vietnam one of the world’s leading countries in 6G technology development, said a telecoms official.

Speaking at a conference reviewing the performance of the local telecoms industry in 2021 and introducing its new tasks for 2022 last weekend, Nguyen Manh Hung, Minister of Information and Technology, said the local telecoms industry should take up a pioneering position instead of being a follower. The industry must act to take the lead in 5G frequency allocation and development, as well as in 6G research this year.

The local telecoms network has to quickly switch to a cloud-based one so that it can become smart and flexible, the minister added.

Besides this, Minister Hung encouraged the use of locally-made equipment rather than that from overseas. The local industry has to research and manufacture 5G, 6G, transmitting and terminal devices, in addition to issuing standards for telecom equipment in Vietnam. Telecoms carriers have to invite local manufacturers of telecom devices to their bidding sessions for procurement.

Further, the minister announced that Vietnam would be one of the first 10 countries to have a 6G steering committee. He asserted that Vietnam must be among the world’s top nations in 6G technology, and the ministry would license 6G frequencies in 2028, if possible, before commercializing 6G services.

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