Communications service provider KDDI chose Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) as the primary 5G vendor for next-generation network deployment in Japan. KDDI expects the first commercial live 5G services to be available starting March 2020. It predicts 93 percent coverage of 5G base station areas specified by Japan’s telecom regulation body by the end of March 2025.
Ericsson will supply KDDI with Radio Access Network equipment. These will allow KDDI to maximize its spectrum assets and enable the service provider to roll out commercial 5G services in several parts of Japan on the sub-6 GHz and 28 GHz bands.
Chris Houghton, Senior Vice President, Head of Market Area North East Asia, Ericsson, says: “Having established our important partnership with KDDI in 2013, we have now expanded our collaboration efforts. KDDI’s 5G network buildout will provide a sound basis for our future collaboration as well as allowing our partner to offer users a new generation of mobile services.”
Japan’s telecom regulation body, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, allocated spectrum to communication service providers KDDI, SoftBank, NTT DOCOMO, and Rakuten in April 2019 in preparation for the 2020 launch of 5G services. The government ministry expressed its hope that the telecom industry would build 5G infrastructure on a broad scale, extending well beyond major cities into rural areas. KDDI reportedly aims to achieve 93.2 percent coverage of the 5G specified base station areas in Japan by the end of March 2025.
October 1, 2019