Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO has siged up to the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA), as part of wider plans to advance the use of fifth-generation technologies in the manufacturing sector, writes JCN Newswire. 5G-ACIA is described as a ‘global initiative encompassing some 50 companies from diverse industries around the world, including the telecommunication and manufacturing sectors’. Participants in the alliance aim to work together to create what they term ‘industrial 5G networks’ and achieve the reliability and low latency required in factory automation and for manufacturing processes. Additionally, 5G-ACIA participants are collaborating on research ‘into the more effective use of public networks and publishing white papers on various aspects of the technology’.
Commenting, Dr Hiroshi Nakamura, executive VP and CTO at DOCOMO, said: ‘We are very pleased to have become a member of 5G-ACIA. NTT DOCOMO has been collaborating with many partners in the manufacturing sector to co-create 5G services through activities such as the ‘DOCOMO 5G Open Partner Program’ and ‘DOCOMO 5G Open Lab’. We are looking forward to collaborating with 5G-ACIA to accelerate the expansion of the 5G global ecosystem in this industry sector.’