Japan and Australia strengthen cooperation in 5G field

Japan and Australia
Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison (L) and Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (R) pose at the start of their bilateral meeting at Suga's official residence in Tokyo on November 17, 2020. (Photo by Eugene Hoshiko / POOL / AFP)

The development of 5G is currently on a speed lane and many regions are commencing their 5G network. There are reports that Japan and Australia will cooperate to strengthen their 5G network. According to Japanese media reports, Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announced that it will set up a director-level meeting with the Australian government. The governments of Japan and Australia will exchange views on the construction of the fifth-generation (5G) mobile communication system. The first meeting will hold this year.

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The name of the meeting is “Japan-Australia Telecom Strengthening Policy Dialogue”. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the new communication network “Open RAN”. They will also discuss submarine optical cable, satellite communication and other fields that can connect equipment and systems of multiple manufacturers. According to reports, Japanese General Minister Kyoyuki Kaneko met with relevant officials in Australia and reached an agreement on the establishment of the meeting. The joint statement emphasizes the significance that in order to achieve a “free and open Indo-Pacific” cooperation, The two countries will deepen cooperation on the resilience and security of communications.

China leads 5G

According to reports, in the field of 5G, China’s communications equipment giant Huawei is leading in technology. Japan as well as others are wary of the construction of a communications network led by China.

When it comes to 5G, China is well ahead of the rest of the world. In 2021, 5G mobile phone shipments in the Chinese market hit 266 million units. This is a year-on-year increase of 63.5% and accounts for 75.9% of mobile phone shipments in the same period. This is much higher than the global average of 40.7%. As of the end of November 2021, China has built a total of 1.396 million 5G base stations. The 5G base stations cover all cities and urban areas above the prefecture-level, more than 97% of counties and 50% of townships and towns, including telecom operators. As of now, the country has more than 800,000 shared 5G base stations.

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