Japan to Install 5G Base Stations on Traffic Signals

Politics

Tokyo, June 14 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Friday adopted a plan to install fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless communications base stations on traffic signals nationwide by fiscal 2025.

In fiscal 2019, work will start to develop the base stations, according to the plan, a key item in the government's new information technology policy strategy approved at a cabinet meeting.

The project to install the base stations, which provide local coverage in wireless networks, is expected to reduce costs for telecommunications service providers.

Japanese 5G commercial services are set to begin next spring, while U.S. and South Korean services were launched earlier this year.

Under the strategy, traffic signals will also be fitted with devices to measure the amount of traffic. Such information sent from 5G base stations to moving vehicles can be used to support automated driving.

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