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KDDI, SoftBank to jointly deploy 5G infrastructure in rural Japan

July 5, 2019


Japanese operators KDDI and SoftBank have reached an agreement for the shared use of their base station assets to jointly promote the rapid deployment of 5G networks in Japan’s rural areas, the carriers said in a statement.

Since 5G networks in Japan use the 28 GHz and 3.7 GHz high-frequency bands, many base stations need to be installed nationwide, and this requires long-term construction and large investment commitments, both telcos said, adding that this is why they need to promote mutual infrastructure sharing to efficiently construct a network of 5G base stations.

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