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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...

NTT DoCoMo targets 2.5 million 5G subscribers by March 2021

  Japan’s largest carrier, NTT DoCoMo, expects to attract 2.5 million subscribers in the 5G segment by March 2021, the operator said in its earnings statement. The telco, which launched 5G service last month, said it signed up 14,000 5G users at end-March. 5G coverage is forecast to increase...

Rakuten Mobile launches 4G services in Japan through virtualized network

Rakuten Mobile exporting open network approach to other operators Japanese company Rakuten Mobile announced the full-scale commercial launch of its mobile carrier service in the country. Rakuten Mobile, a unit of e-commerce giant Rakuten, kicked off its commercial 4G service on April 8, becoming the fourth...

SoftBank, KDDI partner to accelerate 5G rollout in rural Japan

  SoftBank and KDDI announced that they established a joint venture to promote the deployment of 5G in rural areas across Japan, both firms said in a release. The joint venture, dubbed 5G JAPAN Corporation (5G JAPAN), is based on a previous agreement announced by the two...

KDDI to launch 5G in Japan this week

  Japanese carrier KDDI announced that it will launch its 5G wireless services on March 26 in 15 prefectures across the country. The telco also said that it aims to expand its 5G offering nationwide in the summer. KDDI also announced plans to install 10,000 base stations...

SoftBank to launch Japan’s first commercial 5G network by end-March

  Japanese wireless carrier SoftBank announced it expects to launch its 5G services on March 27, becoming the first of the country's three major mobile carriers to release details of its next-generation telecommunications service. NTT Docomo and KDDI Corp. are also expected to soon unveil plans...

Nine operators join forces on global edge computing, with GSMA’s support

Nine operators will collaborate on the GSMA's Operator Platform Project Nine telcos in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region said today that they are working together to develop a global edge computing framework and reference platform aimed at supporting the needs of enterprises and app developers,...

Nokia, KDDI complete 5G standalone trial in Japan

  Nokia and Japanese carrier KDDI have completed a 5G core standalone (SA) network trial, Nokia said in a release. The 5G standalone trial, using Nokia’s 5G AirGile cloud-native core solution, was conducted entirely independently of previous generations’ mobile network architecture. The Finnish vendor said that the...

Japan to award licenses for local 5G network soon: Report

  Japan's communications ministry confirmed it will start accepting applications for the deployment of local 5G networks next week, Japanese press reported. Spectrum designated for local 5G will be released in Japan at the end of 2019. Companies, local governments and universities are expected to apply to...

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