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Japan to test wide-area 5G Open RAN network in 2022

NTT Docomo, Rakuten Mobile and NEC expected to join to counter China

Japan's key telecoms are working together to make their 5G infrastructure more competitive with currently dominant Chinese and Scandinavian rivals. (Source photos by AP and KDDI/Jiji) 

TOKYO -- Japan will set up a wide area experimental network as early as 2022 to experiment with the 5G open radio access networks, known as Open RAN, Nikkei has learned, in an effort to enhance economic security against the rising presence of Chinese equipment makers.

The initiative will be led by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Japan's leading communication companies. NTT Docomo, Rakuten Mobile and NEC are expected to be included.

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