At present, China is Japan’s largest trading partner, and the exclusion of Chinese companies’ products is undoubtedly incalculable. Because Japan does not cooperate with Chinese companies, it means that in the field of communication, only products that are costly, slow to update, and gradually drift away from the mainstream of the world will eventually be damaged by Japanese consumers. In less than a week, Japan is about to enter the order and the first year. The first major event after the change is the G20 Leaders Summit to be held in Osaka on June 28.
When the global pace of 5G commercialization is accelerating, what new trends are there in Japan that is about to enter a new era? As one of the US ally, what are the subtleties of Huawei’s attitude towards the globally recognized 5G leader? Our reporter has compiled and interviewed the recent voices of all walks of life in Japan, presenting the status of “Huawei in Japan” to readers as comprehensively as possible. The question is, can Japan lose its Huawei in the first year of 5G? Obviously, not cooperating with Huawei will be a major loss for any country!
On April 10, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan allocated 5G network spectrum to four telecom operators: NTT Docomo, KDDI, SoftBank and Lotte Communications. Among them, by the end of 2024, the highest investment in equipment and 5G coverage was NTT Docomo, about 795 billion yen, and the planned 5G coverage rate reached 97% nationwide.
Huawei concentrated on developing 5G technology in 2009, and Massive MIMO is one of the key technologies of 5G. In 2016, SoftBank (Softbank) joined hands with Huawei to develop and become the first operator to commercialize Massive MIMO technology in the world. In 2017, SoftBank purchased a base station of approximately 17 billion yen from Huawei and ZTE. The current 4G network also uses Huawei’s equipment. The 5G demonstration experiment was also conducted with Huawei.
According to Professor Jiang Qihao, a professor at the Department of Information Science and Engineering at the University of Tokyo, Huawei is ahead of the world in 5G R&D. Abandoning Huawei means having to slow down 5G deployments in the long run, in terms of technology development and social development. For the sake of it, there is no one who benefits.
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