Japan Begins To Process Licenses To Operate Local 5G Networks

Tokyo, Dec 24 (EFE) .- The Japanese government on Tuesday opened the deadline to process licenses to operate local 5G networks, a type of connections that will only be allowed in rural areas where national coverage with that new technology does not arrive Telecommunications

The main national mobile phone operators (NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank) and the e-commerce company Rakuten will begin operating their 5G services in the spring of 2020, which allow connection speeds 100 times faster than the current 4G.

Licenses for local networks will be granted to companies and regional governments in areas far away from large Japanese cities, where the reach of the new 5G stations that are already being built in the most populated cities and regions of Japan will not reach.

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Local 5G networks may be used to offer telecommunications services, but also to operate industrial and agricultural machinery or to handle drones and other devices used for meteorological observation, control of river levels or the prevention of natural disasters.

These networks will operate on frequencies other than those used by national operators, according to the Ministry of Interior and Communications on its website.

Among the regional entities that have applied for licenses for them are the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, television operators such as Jupiter Telecomunicatons and companies such as technology companies NEC and Fujitsu.

5G mobile phone services will be available on a trial basis in Japan from the beginning of January and its full introduction is expected by 2020. EFE

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