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DOCOMO expands 5G trials with new partners

01 Apr 2019
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NTT DOCOMO has agreed with enterprises and organisations in the United States and Israel as well as in APJ to collaborate in trials involving a 5G mobile test network established in Guam with the aim of verifying 5G-compatible systems and equipment for new business solutions.

The trials will involve field partners, solution partners and DOCOMO as the provider of the 5G test network. Solution partners will develop and provide solutions incorporating 5G systems and equipment and Field partners comprising companies and organisations will use these solutions in practical applications on an experimental basis for testing and verification.

The Field Partners include the electricity utility Guam Power Authority, the University of Guam Office of Information Technology, and major enterprises and organisations in Guam engaged in such diverse fields as bridal services and a marathon administrative office. 

They will test various solutions that incorporate 5G's extra-high-speed, large-capacity and low-latency technologies, including a remote training system using high-definition virtual reality, a monitoring system using AI surveillance cameras to detect suspicious individuals, and many others.

DOCOMO also announced that it has launched its DOCOMO 5G Open Lab GUAM, its first centre outside of Japan for verifying 5G technologies. 

The facility will provide a 5G trial environment that companies from Japan and other countries can use to verify 5G solutions. Field Partners will be able to use the network for outdoor testing of new services that incorporate equipment compatible with 5G networks. 

To utilise this network, in addition to Japanese companies, a number of overseas ventures with advanced 5G technology have announced that they will participate in cross-border 5G testing with DOCOMO as part of the 5G Open Partner Program. 

The program promotes partner collaboration with the aim of creating innovative 5G services. There are already more than 80 overseas companies and organisations participating in the program.

Going forward, DOCOMO will supposedly further collaborate with partners in Japan and overseas, to create new value and businesses through 5G that solve social issues for a brighter future.