DOCOMO to switch on ‘full-fledged’ 5G pre-commercial service on Friday

19 Sep 2019

NTT DOCOMO will kick off 5G services on 20 September to coincide with the opening of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, allowing people in Tokyo and major cities such as Nagoya and Osaka to experience the service, ahead of its full commercial rollout in spring 2020. The Japan Times cites DOCOMO’s president/CEO Kazuhiro Yoshizawa as saying that the cellco is ‘marking Friday as the day we begin our full-fledged 5G services’. The pre-commercial next-generation network service will be available at competition venues for the Rugby World Cup and other locations, the company said in a statement, noting that three ‘special smartphone devices’ compatible with the 5G network will be available, enabling users to view the game from multiple perspectives. The trial service will also be available at four NTT DOCOMO stores across Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, it said.

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