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China accounts for 40% of 6G patent applications: survey

Research shows country leads development race despite US sanctions

China has made 6G a priority under its "Made in China 2025" initiative and has given countries financial help in building 5G networks in Africa and the Middle East. (Source photo by Reuters)

TOKYO -- China is honing its technical skills in sixth-generation communication networks, which are expected to be rolled out commercially as soon as 2030.

China's 6G development had been expected to slow due to sanctions against Huawei Technologies imposed by the U.S. government under former President Donald Trump in 2019, but China has maintained its competitiveness by mobilizing state-run companies and universities.

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