Japan Allocates 5G Frequency Bands to 4 Carriers

Politics

Tokyo, April 10 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese communications ministry decided Wednesday to allocate frequency bands for fifth-generation, or 5G, advanced wireless communications services to four mobile carriers.

Commercial services based on the 5G technology, which can transfer massive volumes of data at ultrahigh speeds, are expected to begin in stages from around spring 2020 in the country, after trial services in September this year and later.

On Wednesday, Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Masatoshi Ishida handed certificates for the allocations to top-ranking officials from the four carriers: NTT Docomo Inc. <9437>, KDDI Corp. <9433>, Softbank Corp. <9434> and Rakuten Mobile Inc., which is set to enter the mobile business in October.

At the meeting, Ishida described 5G communication networks as "key infrastructure that is as important as Shinkansen high-speed railways and expressways." He also said 5G networks are crucial for regional development.

Earlier in the day, an advisory panel to the minister reported that the allocations were appropriate.

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