5G Coverage Reaches 30% of Japanese Population; Gov’t Aims for 95% Coverage by 2024

By B.N. Frank

Worldwide opposition to 5G has been ongoing for years.  This has slowed and/or stopped deployment in some countries but not Japan where it was launched in 2020.

From RCR Wireless:

Japan seeks to cover 95% of local population with 5G in two years: report

By Juan Pedro Tomás

The Japanese government aims to assign additional 5G frequencies to local carriers to boost 5G coverage

The government of Japan aims to triple the availability of 5G services in the country over the next two years, Japanese press reported.

Local TV channel NHK World reported that the government’s plan is to cover 95% of the Japanese population by March 2024.

Mobile carriers in Japan have prioritized expanding their networks in urban areas since the launch of 5G in 2020, but only 30% of the population has access to the new technology.

The communications ministry carried out consultations with local telecom firms and has set a goal of achieving 95% coverage by the end of fiscal 2023, 97% by fiscal 2025, and 99% by fiscal 2030.

“Speedy expansion of 5G availability is a must. We will swiftly establish the necessary environment so that 5G technology can benefit as many people as possible,” Communications Minister Kaneko Yasushi reportedly said.

According to the report, the Japanese government aims to assign additional 5G frequencies to the carriers to boost 5G coverage. The government also plans to offer subsidies for installing base stations in mountainous areas and on remote islands in Japan.

Last month, Japanese carrier NTT Docomo said it expected to accelerate the pace of its 5G expansion in the country, as rival operators are also quickly rolling out 5G across Japan. NTT Docomo aims to offer coverage to 90% of the Japanese population by March 2024, which is up from its previous goal of 80%.

Rival telecommunications provider KDDI said it will likely achieve 90% coverage by the early part of the fiscal year that starts in April, while SoftBank says it will reach the mark this coming spring.

NTT Docomo initially launched 5G services in Japan in 2020.

Last year, NTT Docomo had selected Samsung as a 5G network solution provider. Samsung will specifically support the carrier’s next phase of its Open RAN development.

Also in 2021, NTT Docomo and JTower announced that they have formed a capital and business alliance with the aim of strengthening collaboration in the field of infrastructure sharing.

As part of the alliance, Docomo plans to acquire part of JTower shares held by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) and become a shareholder with 2.5% voting rights in the future.

NTT Docomo started using the JTower’s infra-sharing solution for its 4G network in 2016 and has expanded the use of the solution nationwide. Furthermore, from October 2020, the company started using 5G IBS at the time JTower installed 5G IBS in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government as the first 5G infra-sharing solution in Japan, and also began using smart poles in the Nishi-Shinjuku area of Tokyo.

Some researchers claim 5G deployment may be contributing to COVID-19 infections while others say it’s not.  Nevertheless, research has determined that there are health risks associated with 5G exposure as well as exposure to 4G and other sources of wireless Wi-Fi radiation (see 1, 2) and Electromagnetic Fields (aka “Electrosmog”). 

Since 2017 doctors and scientists have asked for 5G moratoriums on Earth and in space (see 1, 2) and the majority of scientists oppose deployment.  Since 2018 there have been reports of people and animals experiencing symptoms and illnesses after it was activated (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  In 2019, telecom executives testified that they had NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe.

Activist Post reports regularly about 5G, 4G, and other unsafe technology.  For more information visit our archives and the following websites.

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