Mitsubishi Electric demos ‘local 5G system’ in Japan

21 May 2020

Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has revealed that it has kicked off a demonstration test of a local 5G system in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. The utility company is using spectrum at 28.2GHz-28.3GHz to conduct the tests – a different band than that currently employed by Japan’s mobile network operators – via a limited area licence granted by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). The tests are reportedly designed to verify wireless transmission between local 5G base stations and Mitsubishi Electric’s Factory Automation products. Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric says it seeks to deploy local 5G systems ‘to deliver new services and businesses incorporating a wide range of Factory Automation and other products’. In December 2019, MIC began accepting applications for local 5G systems to enable local governments and companies to meet diversifying communication needs.