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Japan plans 5G spectrum auction for early 2026: Report

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is aiming to launch a 5G spectrum auction in early 2026, Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported.

This would be the first time that the Japanese government has used an auction to award frequencies, as the MIC usually allocated spectrum to local mobile operators for free.

The newspaper said that instead of a traditional auction where the authorities take into account the price offered by mobile operators, the auction will take into account several factors, such as technology and business plans.

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