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Japanese telco KDDI back online after weekend outage

Japanese mobile network operator KDDI suffered an equipment failure this past weekend that caused what it says is its biggest outage ever.

Japan aims to reach almost full 5G coverage by end-fiscal 2030: Report

5G coverage in Japan stood below 40% as of the end of fiscal 2020 The government of Japan expects 5G coverage to reach 99% of the population by the end of fiscal year 2030, the Japan Times reported. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced this goal at...

Japan seeks to cover 95% of local population with 5G in two years: report

The Japanese government aims to assign additional 5G frequencies to local carriers to boost 5G coverage The government of Japan aims to triple the availability of 5G services in the country over the next two years, Japanese press reported. Local TV channel NHK World reported that...

Toyota, NEC and other firms join Japan’s 6G initiative: Report

Japanese carriers NTT Docomo, KDDI, SoftBank Group and Rakuten Mobile are also part of this 6G initiative Toyota Motor, NEC and other Japanese companies will join a government-backed group to propose technological requirements for future 6G wireless communications, Nikkei Asia reported. The technical proposal is expected...

NTT Docomo aims to accelerate 5G rollout in Japan: Report

NTT Docomo initially launched 5G services in Japan in 2020 Japanese carrier NTT Docomo aims to accelerate the pace of its 5G expansion in the country, as rival operators are also quickly rolling out 5G across Japan, local press reported. According to the report, NTT Docomo...

KDDI uses HPE server for O-RAN 5G SA virtualized base stations in Japan

KDDI recently claimed to have turned on the world’s first commercial 5G SA O-RAN site in Japan Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that Japanese telco KDDI is using the HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen10 Plus Telco server for the commercial network operation of O-RAN compliant 5G...

KDDI uses Wind River studio for O-RAN 5G virtualized base station

KDDI has commercial, 5G Standalone network using Open RAN equipment Wind River, a specialist in software for mission-critical intelligent systems, announced that Japanese carrier KDDI has used Wind River Studio for its O-RAN–compliant 5G Standalone virtualized base station technology, which has recently launched on its...

KDDI claims world’s first 5G Standalone Open RAN site supported by vRAN

KDDI worked with partners Samsung and Fujitsu to turn on the Open RAN site in Japan KDDI is claiming to have turned on the world's first commercial 5G Standalone (SA) Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) site in partnership with Samsung and Fujitsu. Powered by...

Japan’s KDDI selects Nokia for 5G SA upgrade

Nokia announced that Japanese carrier KDDI has selected the vendor’s 5G Core and Converged Charging software to support its transition to a cloud-native 5G Core architecture. In a release, Nokia explained that following the evolution of KDDI’s networks to 5G Standalone core, subscribers will experience...

Nokia to conduct 5G SA trial with Chubu Telecommunications in Japan

Nokia announced that it is conducting a 5G Standalone (SA) network trial with Chubu Telecommunications (ctc), a subsidiary of KDDI in Japan. For the trial, Nokia is supplying its latest AirScale product portfolio and Compact Mobility Unit (CMU) to support both 5G indoor and outdoor...

SoftBank launches 5G Standalone services in Japan

Japanese operator SoftBank announced that it has started to offer 5G Standalone services in conjunction with the sale of its new 5G-compatible SoftBank Air terminal, called "Air Terminal 5". With this new launch, SoftBank claims to be the first carrier in Japan to offer 5G...

SoftBank, KDDI select Nokia for Japan’s shared RAN

Nokia has been selected by Japanese mobile operators SoftBank and KDDI as one of the vendors to deploy Japan’s shared Radio Access Network. The Finnish vendor noted that this deployment will deliver 5G services to both SoftBank and KDDI subscribers in the Asian country. As...

Samsung will deploy 5G vRAN in KDDI’s mid-band network

Among other capabilities, virtualized networks will enable 5G network slicing Samsung is deploying its cloud-native, fully virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) solutions for mid-band spectrum in KDDI’s 5G network, following the successful completion of a 5G Standalone (SA) call using Samsung’s vRAN and another vendor’s...

LG Uplus, KDDI ink MoU to cooperate in 5G, 6G technologies

Korean carrier LG Uplus has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japanese mobile operator KDDI to find new business applications for 5G network technology and strengthen cooperation to pave the way for future 6G technology, Korean news agency Yonhap reported. Under the terms of...

Samsung kicks off KDDI’s 5G network rollout on 700 MHz

KDDI following a low-, mid- and high-band 5G strategy with plans to spend $4 billion by 2025 Korean vendor Samsung Electronics has announced it has brought its 700MHz services on air for Japanese carrier KDDI's commercial launch of 5G. The use of 700 MHz spectrum in...

Where does Japan stand in deploying 5G?

The Japanese government assigned the three largest mobile operators in Japan — NTT Docomo, KDDI au and Softbank, as well as new arrival Rakuten Mobile — 5G spectrum in April 2019. In the coming years, the four Japanese carriers are expected to spend more...

KDDI selects Ericsson cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core

Japanese carrier KDDI has selected Ericsson to deploy a cloud-native dual-mode 5G core in its 5G Standalone network in Japan, the latter said in a release. The solution, consisting of the Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, will support KDDI’s focus on accelerating the digital transformation of...

Fujitsu to deliver O-RAN compatible 5G radio units for KDDI

Japanese company Fujitsu announced that its O-RAN-compatible 5G radio unit was selected by compatriot carrier KDDI for the construction of virtualized base stations for 5G commercial services in Japan. The base stations will be delivered in the second half of fiscal year 2021, Fujitsu said. The...

Rakuten Mobile launches 5G services in parts of Japan

  Japanese operator Rakuten Mobile, a unit of e-commerce giant Rakuten, has announced the availability of its commercial 5G service in certain areas across six prefectures of the country. The service, initially offered via Non-Stand Alone (NSA) 5G architecture, is already available in parts of Tokyo,...

NTT plans to turn NTT DoCoMo into wholly owned unit via tender: Report

  Japanese operator NTT expects to turn listed mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo into a wholly owned subsidiary via a tender offer of nearly JPY4 trillion ($37.9 billion), Nikkei Asian Review reported. NTT, which currently owns 66.2% of NTT DoCoMo, is considering making a tender offer to...

Samsung, KDDI demo 5G end-to-end network slicing

5G end-to-end network slicing will allow for the creation of new services and business models Samsung Electronics and KDDI completed a 5G end-to-end (E2E) network slicing demonstration with a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) in Tokyo, Japan yesterday. The demo, which tied together Samsung’s virtualized core,...

NTT acquires 5% stake in NEC to boost 5G tech

  Japanese conglomerate Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT), will take a 5% stake in compatriot electronics company NEC as part of an agreement to foster the development of 5G technology in Japan. The agreement, estimated at 60 billion yen ($562 million), will make NTT the third-largest...

Nokia, KDDI trial fully virtualized 5G cloud RAN

KDDI launched commercial 5G in March Finnish vendor Nokia announced that it is working with Japanese mobile operator, KDDI, in a joint initiative aimed at delivering a fully cloudified RAN solution. The planned lab-based Proof of Concept (PoC), which will use Nokia’s AirScale All-in-Cloud BTS solution, will...

Rakuten Mobile delays 5G launch due to COVID-19 pandemic

  New Japanese mobile network entrant Rakuten Mobile, a subsidiary of Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, announced it will delay the launch of commercial 5G services due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release, Rakuten Mobile said that the 5G service originally planned for...

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