Editor’s note: This article is from Tencent Technology, reviewed by Cheng Xi, and published with permission from 36 氪.Tencent Technology News 2019 becomes the first year of global 5G communication. Operators in many countries have launched 5G services. Japan does not seem to be in a hurry to become the first batch of the world.According to the latest news from foreign media, this week, three mobile operators in Japan launched 5G communication services one by one.According to foreign media reports, on Wednesday (March 25), Japan’s NTT DoCoMo launched the first 5G service in the country.On Thursday, KDDI became the second operator in Japan to launch an ultra-high-speed 5G wireless service, and the only operator to provide an unlimited 5G data plan per month.On Friday, operator “SoftBank” (a subsidiary of SoftBank Group) will launch 5G services.In addition, with the opportunity of 5G networks, Japan’s largest electronic retail company, Lotte Group, is also preparing to enter the communications industry. Lotte’s 5G network will start services in June.According to reports, KDDI’s monthly unlimited data plan is priced at 8,650 yen ($ 78).If combined with some consumer promotions, the price drops to 3460 yen.KDDI’s services were initially limited to 15 prefectures, including Tokyo and Osaka.The company plans to install 20,000 5G mobile base stations by the end of March 2022 to expand the network to the whole country.KDDI offers a variety of entertainment content, including live video streaming of concerts using virtual reality technology and special headsets.5G technology makes data transmission speeds 100 times faster than current 4G networks. For example, 5G enables smartphone users to download a two-hour movie in seconds.Industrial applications for 5G communications are also expected to start, including areas such as autonomous driving and remote clinical services.Last year, 5G services were launched in the United States, South Korea, China and some European countries.The first NTT DoCoMo company launched a 5G large-capacity ultra-high-speed mobile communication service on Wednesday, becoming Japan’s first 5G operator.As the 5G era begins, mobile operators aim to expand their customer base by using 5G technology to provide high-resolution video distribution services.On Wednesday, NTT DoCoMo began accepting subscriptions for its 5G service and selling handsets priced between 80,000 to 120,000 yen in stores across the country.The company’s 5G service package is 7,650 yen (equivalent to $ 70) per month, excluding tax.By using a discount, the monthly fee can be reduced to 4,480 yen.These packages allow up to 100GB of data to be transferred each month.In a short period of time, the company will offer preferential services for unlimited data.NTT DoCoMo’s 5G services were initially offered at 150 locations in major cities, including Tokyo, Aichi and Osaka.Yoshizawa Yoshizawa, president of NTT DoCoMo, said the company plans to launch 5G services nationwide by the end of March 2024.
Japan’s 5G outbreak this week: two major operators launch services
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