Japanese press recently reported that the government plans to triple 5G providers in the country over the next two years. With this decision, they hope to provide nearly 95% of the Japanese population with 5G services.
The local television channel, NHK World, reported that the Japanese government hopes to achieve its goal by 2024.
Telecom in Japan
Japan is known for having one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in the world. In February, Rakuten Mobile announced that it had achieved 96% population coverage for its 4G services, four years ahead of schedule. The company revealed that it artificial intelligence used (IA) to find potential and deployed base stations drone Perform base site inspections and audits. The company is currently trying to commercialize its low-cost 5G technology to turn around the situation of its loss-making telecommunications branch.
The Ministry of Telecommunications is also working to expand its fiber optic networks to cover 99.99% of households by the end of FY2027. In addition, it plans to build five to seven data centers in regional areas on a period of five years.
Japan’s ambitious 5G plans
On March 29, 2022, Japan’s Ministry of Telecommunications revealed that it wants to enable super-fast internet nationwide with its latest infrastructure development plan.
At the end of 2020, less than 40% of the population had access to 5G. The department has set a goal of increasing it to 95% by the end of fiscal year 2023, followed by 97% by the end of fiscal year 2025 and 99% by the end of fiscal year 2023. 2030. The ministry has established a detailed plan to achieve its connectivity goals. .
Part of the plan includes allocating more wireless spectrum for 5G and increased support for the country’s telecom providers. The government plans to grant them three times more access to spectrum to develop more high-speed networks.
Communications Minister Kaneko Yasushi reportedly shared his thoughts on the matter: “Rapid expansion of 5G availability is essential. We will quickly set up the necessary environment so that 5G technology can benefit as many people as possible. »
To encourage companies to establish network bases in remote islands and mountainous areas, the government is working on a plan to offer subsidies to key industry players.
Japan’s rendezvous with 5G
Japan launched 5G services in the country in 2020. Data collected by Fitch Research indicates that 5G will become the dominant technology in the country by 2026 and by 2029 the country will have over 151 million subscriptions 5G.
Japan’s oldest operator, NTT DoCoMo launched 5G services in the country in March 2020 and covered around 150 locations. It was soon followed by KDDI au, SoftBank and Rakuten Mobile.
Last month, NTT DoCoMo announced plans to aggressively roll out 5G services across Japan. In 2021, NTT Docomo and JTower announced that they have formed a capital and business alliance with the aim of strengthening collaboration in the field of infrastructure sharing. This partnership will help increase their reach and revenue.
In 2021, NTT DoCoMo selected Samsung as its 5G network solution provider and raised its targets. Initially, the company was to offer 5G services to 80% of Japan’s population by March 2024, but later revised it to 90%. The company plans to invest more than $7 billion to expand its network to reach 97% of populated regions.
Not to be outdone, KDDI au will invest more than $4 billion by 2025 to expand its network to cover 93% of populated areas, while Rakuten Mobile will invest more than $1.8 billion by 2025. to cover almost 56% of the populated areas.