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SoftBank and KDDI to conduct joint study on 5G wireless network installation

Major mobile service operators SoftBank Corp. and KDDI Corp. said Wednesday they’d look at teaming up for their 5G services on the wireless networks to reduce expenses and pace up deployment.

The two companies will study how and where to share equipment for next-generation network services among other options, a spokesman for SoftBank said, with Japanese mobile carriers preparing to launch trial services this fall ahead of next year’s official launch of their 5G plans.

KDDI, the nation’s second-largest subscriber mobile carrier, is planning to install more than 42,000 fifth-generation relay phones and SoftBank, the country’s No. 3 mobile operator, will introduce more than 11,000 nationwide, according to proposals presented to the information ministry in April.

READ: South Korea and US battle for World’s first 5G network title.

The services of the next generation can send and receive data about 100 times faster than the current 4G technology, but expenses stay a big task. 5G networks involve more transmitting sites because they use short-lived radio waves that are unable to move through structures.

For its portion, the state will provide funding for the assembly of the required machinery to 208,000 traffic signals across the nation.

In April, SoftBank said it would collectively introduce airborne mobile phone base stations for next-generation wireless facilities with Google LLC partner Alphabet Inc. NTT Docomo and Rakuten, which will join the mobile phone industry with their network for the first moment in October, are not involved in the combined research, but if they are concerned, SoftBank and KDDI will not exclude them.


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