Japan's mobile operators apply for 5G mobile frequencies

27 Feb 2019

The Japan Times writes that the country’s three major mobile carriers – NTT DOCOMO, KDDI (au) and Softbank Corp – and e-commerce firm Rakuten have all applied to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) for a share of mobile phone frequencies to introduce next-generation 5G wireless services, which are considered essential for new technologies such as IoT. In a communique dated 26 February, the communications ministry said it will review plans submitted by the three incumbent MNOs and that of Rakuten Mobile Network, before seeking final approval by an advisory panel to the minister on 10 April.

The MIC notes that some operators are looking to launch 5G services on a trial basis during the course of this year, ahead of full-blown rollout sometime in 2020. It has also urged operators to ‘effectively exclude products made by Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp in their network facilities due to concerns about security breaches that have already prompted the US and some other counties to ban the two Chinese companies from supplying infrastructure products’.