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5G networks

KDDI connects Japan farms and factories to 5G for under $10

Move seen boosting nation's slow adoption of internet of things

Driverless tactors move in sync in an experiment by Hokkaido University. Low-cost local 5G networks can make smart farming more widely available.

TOKYO -- Japanese wireless carrier KDDI will provide a 5G service starting at under $10 a month, giving cash-strapped businesses and local governments a low-cost option to build fast networks that can support business activity.

When fifth-generation wireless technology was rolled out in Japan in March, it was hailed as a spark for the growth of the internet of things -- devices networked to share data with each other, creating smart farms and factories. But the spread of IoT has been slow.

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