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Race for 6G: South Korea and China off to early leads

Japan plays catch-up via infrastructure, and US tries to gain ground with chips

Workers install base stations in the U.S. state of Texas. Next generation 6G service will require many more base stations.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- As fifth-generation wireless networks start to go mainstream, competition to develop 6G has begun, with Samsung Electronics and Huawei Technologies at the forefront, especially in the base stations that will form the backbone of future networks.

Those companies provide leadership to South Korea and China, respectively. Japan aims to play catch-up, while the U.S. desperately pushes to regain leadership in innovation.

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