Softbank to Launch 5G Service on March 27

Economy

Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)--Softbank Corp. <9434> said Thursday that it will launch a fifth-generation, or 5G, mobile service in Japan on March 27.

Subscribers will need to pay 1,000 yen on top of the regular monthly mobile fees to use the 5G service. Those who will subscribe to the 5G service by the end of August will be able to use it free of charge for two years.

Domestic rivals NTT Docomo Inc. <9437> and KDDI Corp. <9433> also plan to start 5G services soon.

Softbank's 5G service will initially be available in some areas of Tokyo and six other prefectures. It plans to expand the coverage in stages and aims to cover 90 pct of the country's population within 2021.

In line with the start of the 5G service, Softbank will launch a new content delivery service that will provide spectators with you-are-there feeling mainly through entertainment and sports videos.

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