Japanese operator KDDI expects to launch pre-5G services in September 2019, the company’s president, Makoto Takahashi, said on a conference call with investors.
said that KDDI will start to sell 5G phones in March 2020.
Takahashi said that the company’s 5G coverage will reach 93% of KDDI’s area in a five-year period.
“We’ve been able to acquire frequency bands where global 5G use is expected, it’s significant: 3.7 and 4.7 GHz [spectrum],” he said.
“We positively see
business opportunities in utilizing 5G for regional revitalization. We’ve been
cooperating with various municipalities to work on projects utilizing IoT. To
further advance these measures, we established a regional revitalization fund
in April 2019. Going forward together with venture companies we will promote
digital transformation utilizing 5G,” Takahashi added.
The executive also confirmed that Japanese operators had agreed to share some 5G infrastructure in order to reduce capex needs.
Japan’s government has recently approved plans by the country’s four mobile carriers to build 5G wireless networks with investment set to reach JPY 1.6 trillion ($14.4 billion) over the next five years.
submitted by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, SoftBank and e-commerce giant Rakuten were
approved by the communications ministry last month after determining that the
companies’ applications met the conditions of the allocation of 5G spectrum.
NTT DoCoMo is planning the largest spend with goals to
invest at least JPY 795 billion in the deployment of 5G networks during this
period. KDDI announced investments of JPY 466 billion, while SoftBank and
Rakuten are targeting investments of JPY 206 billion and JPY 194 billion respectively.
The four carriers aim to launch commercial 5G services
The conditions for the allocation of 5G spectrum
included commitments to offer services in every prefecture of the nation within
two years, and set up 5G base stations in at least half the country within five
NTT DoCoMo is also
expecting to cover over 90% of the country’s population with 5G by the end of
the five-year period, while SoftBank is targeting 64% coverage and Rakuten is
aiming for 56%.
NTT DoCoMo previously said it plans to launch pre-commercial 5G services in September 2019. The company also said that customers will be able to experience 5G services during the Rugby World Cup this year.