Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, the president and CEO of Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO, said his company had a total of 240,000 5G subscribers at 31 July 2020, roughly four months after switching on the service in March. The carrier’s first-quarter financial release confirmed that it had 149,000 fifth-generation mobile users on its books at end-June, up from 14,000 the previous quarter.
RCR Wireless News notes that in a conference call with investors, Yoshizawa said that DOCOMO hopes 5G will begin to reach ‘mass market scale’ in the second half of the year, and to that end, has maintained its target of reaching 2.4 million 5G subscriptions by the end of its current financial year (31 March 2021). ‘As for 5G coverage in the first quarter, 5G services started in 47 provinces and 92 cities. And here, we are aiming [for] 500 cities, including all government-designated cities to be covered toward the end of the fiscal year,’ Yoshizawa added.