October 16, 2020 Determination on Contents of FY2020 Development Demonstrations for Realizing Local 5G to Solve Local Issues

To solve regional issues using the local fifth-generation mobile communications system (local 5G) in 2020, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) will conduct demonstrations in a project of development demonstrations for realizing local 5G to solve local issues.
Recently, MIC has determined the contents of the demonstrations in fiscal 2020.

1. Background

  1. 1.
    Local 5G is a new system that allows various entities, including local companies and local governments, to flexibly build and use networks in their buildings and on the premises, in addition to the nationwide 5G services provided by mobile phone operators. MIC made institutional development for some frequencies (28.2 to 28.3 GHz) in December 2019.
  2. 2.
    MIC granted a commercial local 5G radio station license for the first time in March 2020 to meet even more diverse needs. Considering that the number of license applications is increasing, MIC has been working toward the further spread of local 5G since then. MIC’s initiatives include the realization of an expansion of local 5G frequencies (4.6 to 4.9 GHz and 28.3 to 29.1 GHz) by the end of the fiscal year and the utilization of the 5G promotion tax system, which was established in August 2020, to promote local 5G.
  3. 3.
    Under these circumstances, MIC has been conducting technical studies on local 5G, including radio wave propagation, in use cases since 2020, by assuming the installation location and usage environment of a wide variety of local 5G base stations for the resolution of regional issues with local 5G utilized. Recently, MIC has decided to conduct demonstrations in the project of development demonstrations to realize local 5G to solve local issues, which will build a problem-solving model that utilizes local 5G and peripheral techniques to expand the use cases where local 5G is useful.

2. Demonstration contents

In carrying out the demonstrations, considering the results of a public appeal made from February through March this year, MIC selected reference proposals regarding regional issues to be solved and technical issues to be studied. We examined each of the selected proposals and proceeded with procurement procedures in sequence. Recently, MIC has decided on the implementation details and contractors for all the proposals for the following demonstration themes.

Subject Contractor Demonstration area
1 Realization of the automatic operation of tractors and other agricultural machinery by remote monitoring control Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation Iwamizawa City, Hokkaido
2 Realization of agricultural work automation by agricultural robots Kansai Broadband Corp. Shibushi City, Kagoshima Prefecture
3 Realization of the visualization of skilled farmer technology using smart glasses NEC Corporation Yamanashi City, Yamanashi Prefecture
4 Realization of a mechanism to visualize undersea conditions Layers Consulting Co., Ltd. Etajima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
5 Construction of a system for horizontal expansion to local small and medium-sized factories Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. Gunma Prefecture and adjacent areas
6 Realization of remote work support utilizing MR technology Toyota Motor Corporation Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture
7 Automation of the visual inspection and realization of remote quality confirmation Sumitomo Corporation Osaka City, Osaka
8 Realization of wireless factories NEC Corporation Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture
9 Realization of a mechanism to support the safety of autonomous vehicles The Organization for the Promotion of ICT Community Development and Common Platform Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture
10 Realization of remote and real-time train inspection and track patrol Chuo Fukken Consultants Co., Ltd. Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture
11 Realization of a mechanism that contributes to the promotion of decentralization of tourists’ staying time and places Juroku Research Institute Company Limited Shirakawa Village, Ono Gun, Gifu Prefecture
12 Realization of regional revitalization by effective use of facilities through e-sports Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation Asahikawa City, Hokkaido Chiyoda ward, Tokyo
13 Realization of new tourism experience utilizing MR technology NEC Corporation Nara City, Nara Prefecture
14 Sophistication of disaster prevention work and rapid resident evacuation Regional Wireless Japan Ltd. Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture
15 Construction of a new model that contributes to improving security through remote patrol and remote monitoring Sohgo Security Services Co., Ltd. Ota-ku, Tokyo
16 Realization of real communication necessary for new work styles, such as remote conferences and remote collaborative work Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
17 Realization of telemedicine and rehabilitation guidance by core hospitals in remote clinics NTT DATA Institute of Management Consulting, Inc. Shinshiro City, Aichi Prefecture
18 Realization of specialized outpatient clinics for doctors in core hospitals, such as those on remote islands with remote support from specialists NTT Field Techno Co., Ltd. Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture
19 Realization of telemedicine, etc. that combines 5G and advanced technology in core hospitals Shiga Medical Information Cooperation Network Council Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture

3. Future plans

By cooperating with the contractors, MIC will strive for the smooth implementation of each demonstration tasks and achieve significant results that will lead to the practical use of demonstration results and the spread of the problem-solving models. MIC will continue working on the spread of local 5G, including the implementation of the demonstrations.


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