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Japanese Firm Successfully Tests 5G Network

Japan always seems to get the best stuff first – the cure for Agent Orange, rice paddy art, train cars where you can sleep off a night of sake (or cat wine) drinking and now, 5G internet.

While those living in Vietnam are still waiting on the launch of a 4G network (which, for the record, should have happened last month), Japan’s NTT Docomo, along with Nokia Networks, have just announced successful trials of 5G internet at the Roppongi Hills high-rise complex in Tokyo, the first test of its kind, reports Mobipicker.

“To date, no test had achieved a 5G data transmission in a commercial complex, such as a shopping mall, due to problems with base stations being out of line of sight and diffused reflections causing the attenuation of highly directional millimeter signals,” said Docomo in a statement.

According to the company, the test achieved speeds of up to of 2Gbps via millimeter-wavelength signals with an extremely high frequency of 70GHz in what Japan Today calls “a key development for the eventual commercial use of 5G wireless technology in actual-use environments.”

Docomo has also looked to South Korea for similar tests with Samsung Electronics, reportedly achieving speeds of 2.5Gbps in a vehicle traveling at a speed of 60km/h. 

Earlier this year, Zing reported that Viettel would launch 4G services in October though no such data plans show up on the telecom’s website. 

Vietnam could use some serious help when it comes to boosting its mobile internet speeds. Earlier this year, Ericsson tested networks in nine countries across Southeast Asia and Oceania. Vietnam ranked dead last

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