SoftBank joins Japan’s 5G party

27 Mar 2020

SoftBank Corp today (27 March) launched its ultra-high speed 5G mobile network in Japan, joining rivals NTT DOCOMO and KDDI (au) in a renewed battle to secure market share, particularly targeting users looking for seamless, low-latency video and game streaming. SoftBank Group Corp’s telecoms arm confirmed that from launch, fifth-generation wireless services will only be available in selected areas in seven prefectures across Japan – Tokyo, Chiba, Osaka, Ishikawa, Aichi, Hiroshima and Fukuoka – with plans to expand coverage in the next few years. It will levy an additional charge of JPY1,000 (USD9) per month for those taking 5G services, but will reportedly ‘exempt existing and new customers for two years via a campaign that will run through the end of August’, The Mainichi reports. Customers will need to purchase a new 5G-capable handset to access the new service.

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