The Japanese government is in a rush to launch next-generation mobile technology, with South Korea and China leading the 5 G push in terms of smartphone sales and base station development.
Operating since April 2019 in South Korea, as of December 4.5 million customers used 5 G services.
Banners supporting 5 G compatible devices are standing out in central Seoul as manufacturers vent their latest products.
A 45-year-old who purchased a stock trading 5 G app said: “I wanted to be able to trade quicker even though it was only 0.1 seconds away. I feel like I can buy and sell quicker now than anyone without a 5 G app.’
A 24-year-old employee of the mobile store said, “Downloading videos is less painful because I can download them in a few seconds.” Last November, 5 G wireless services went into full swing in China. Last year shipments of 35 new models of 5 G capable phones reached 13.77 million units, according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology.
In January, Beijing’s smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi Technology Co. launched a low-cost smartphone priced at 1.999 yuan (about 31.000 yuan).
Communication speed is one of the major advantages of 5 G, which can transmit approximately 100 times more data than the current wireless standard,4G.
This will not only allow faster video downloads but will also enable technological goals such as autonomous driving and remote medical procedures to be realized.
Various systems specially designed and tailored for the 5 G network were demonstrated this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where major companies were jostling to demonstrate their cutting-edge technology, such as autonomous driving, virtual reality and the transmission of high-resolution 8 K images captured by drones.
The 5 G world, however, is not yet in a state for the full utilization of the technology, including overseas.
There were about 94,000 5 G base stations in the country as of December, according to South Korea’s science and technology ministry, but the link is not secure in subways or indoors, with some concern raised about the premature introduction of the network.
In the United States, Verizon Communications Inc., a major telecommunications firm, had made the service available in about 30 cities by the end of December, but there are still limited areas where services are available.
In Japan, the government is planning to launch a “local 5 G” system in spring, with 5 G infrastructure in limited areas and facilities set to be installed. The program is intended to be used in areas.