KDDI, Facebook to Join Hands in 5G Biz

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 25 (Jiji Press)--KDDI Corp. <9433> and U.S. social media giant Facebook Inc. will jointly develop services to be provided through a fifth-generation, or 5G, superhigh-speed network in Japan, it was learned Monday.

They aim to offer smartphone users a goods sales system utilizing augmented reality technologies by taking advantage of the massive data transmission capabilities under the 5G format, informed sources said.

In the run-up to the 5G commercialization, KDDI hopes to tap Facebook's augmented and virtual reality technologies to develop various kinds of content, the sources added.

Under the goods sales system, users would take pictures of clothes and other products sold at fashion retailers, drug stores and other shops. Then the users would be able to check images of how they would look if they put on the clothes via photograph-sharing app Instagram.

KDDI and Facebook plan to open a special store as early as January 2020 that will allow visitors to experience the system.

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