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Gov’t enhancing 5G optical networks in regional areas

  • August 18, 2019
  • , Sankei , p. 1
  • JMH Translation

The government is rushing to develop optical fiber networks in regional areas ahead of the nationwide expansion of fifth generation (5G) mobile communications systems. It increased last year’s budget (670 million yen) eight-fold to 5.2 billion yen for this fiscal year and created a framework to financially support private business operators. The effort is aimed at eliminating regional disparities by gradually decreasing the number of households without optical fiber network connections from 980,000 to 180,000 (a reduction of 80%) by the end of fiscal 2023. (Abridged)

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