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China Mobile and Huawei are planning to launch two 6G test satellites in July, according to sources close to the Chinese state.

Global Times, an English-language publication associated with the Communist Party of China’s official publication, the People’s Daily, said the satellites would test 6G network technologies.

The newspaper admitted that a Huawei spokesman it had contacted had “not obtained such information so far”, and said China Mobile had not responded.

Global Times said China Mobile and a national space firm were working with Huawei, citing “an independent digital blogger named Chang'an Shumajun, who claims having close relations with Huawei”.

Global Times said Ma Jihua, a senior tech industry analyst based in Beijing, had told it that the satellite move “is natural as Huawei pushes ahead its layout on 6G networks”.

The paper says: “Huawei’s rotating chairman Xu Zhijun announced at Huawei global analysts conference held earlier this month that the Chinese tech giant will launch its 6G networks in 2030, and it will release a 6G white paper soon to explain to the industry what 6G is.”