NTT Docomo to Begin 5G Trial Services Friday

Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 18 (Jiji Press)--Japanese mobile phone carrier NTT Docomo Inc. <9437> said Wednesday that it will begin a trial service allowing people in Tokyo and other major cities in the nation, including Nagoya and Osaka, to experience using fifth-generation, or 5G, communications networks, ahead of its commercial rollout next spring.

The experimental next-generation network service will be available at competition venues for the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which kicks off the same day, and other locations, the company said Wednesday.

"We are marking Friday as the day we begin our full-fledged 5G services," NTT Docomo President Kazuhiro Yoshizawa said.

The trial service at Tokyo Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo, will use the base station setup and frequency band for the planned full commercial service. The stadium is set to host the first match of the tournament, in which Japan faces off against Russia.

Three types of special smartphone devices compatible with the 5G network will be available, enabling users to view the game from multiple perspectives. The transmission speed of the 5G network is up to 100 times faster than that of the current 4G communications network, allowing users to enjoy the high-speed, high-volume content that will be streamed to the special devices.

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