Tokyo Govt Facilities to Be Opened for 5G Network

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 29 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on Thursday announced a policy of opening up buildings, parks and roads owned and managed by the metropolitan government to major telecommunications operators for preparing base stations for fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless communications services.

Under the initiative, districts around competition venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will be designated as key areas. Facilities in the areas, as well as those in areas around the Tokyo metropolitan government buildings in the Japanese capital's Shinjuku Ward and Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda Ward will be opened for the 5G network.

The Tokyo government hopes that the move to swiftly set up the network, capable of receiving and sending vast volumes of data quickly, will make the use of cutting-edge technologies easier and help raise Tokyo's competitiveness in the world.

Procedures for telecom carriers to use such metropolitan government facilities will be simplified under the plan.

The metropolitan government also said that it will promote measures utilizing the 5G network, such as remote education systems connecting urban and rural areas, remote medical examination systems for depopulated areas with a lack of medical specialists, automated driving, disaster response systems utilizing drones and teleworking systems.

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