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MIC to relax license requirements for conducting 6G tests

  • October 22, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 1
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The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will establish new rules aimed at encouraging private corporations to accelerate their efforts to develop 6G technology, the next-generation communications standard. 6G is expected to be introduced in the market around 2030.

 

In the hope of enhancing Japanese manufacturers’ international competitiveness and strengthening Japan’s economic security, MIC will revise the Radio Act as soon as FY2022 to make it easier for companies to obtain licenses to conduct tests using existing frequency bands. Under the current law, it takes up to six months for companies to obtain a license. Such a requirement hinders companies’ efforts to develop 6G technology, it has been pointed out.

 

Terahertz waves, which are used in 6G communications, are thought to have relatively little impact on other communications. The application procedures for licenses to conduct 6G tests will be simplified and less data will be required. This will shorten the time required to obtain a license to a few weeks. Initially, only the 100 gigahertz frequency band and above will be subject to the simplified requirements. The scope of application will then be gradually expanded. (Abridged)

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