TOKYO: Japan should aim to establish core technologies for sixth-generation, or 6G, mobile networks as early as 2025 through tax relief for research and development and other measures, a communications ministry expert panel has said.
The panel also said Japan should publicize its 6G technologies to the world at the 2025 World Expo in Osaka, western Japan, and should aim to secure a 30 pct share in the global 6G infrastructure market including software.
These proposals were compiled at the panel's meeting on Thursday with the aim of securing Japan's international competitiveness in 6G services, which will follow the commercialization of fifth-generation, or 5G, ultrahigh-speed wireless communications services in Japan this spring.
With communications speed up to 100 times faster than that of the current fourth-generation, or 4G, networks, the 5G networks are expected to be utilized for self-driving automobiles and remote medical care services.
But Japanese firms are lagging behind their overseas rivals in the 5G infrastructure field, and Japan will aim to do better in the 6G field through industry-academic-government collaborations.
The panel assumes that the 6G networks will be put into practical use around 2030.
As the 6G services are expected to help resolve social challenges, such as labor shortages, with the utilization of remotely controlled robots, for example, the panel stressed the need to achieve improvements from the 5G networks in terms of communications speed and security.
In addition, the panel called for setting up 210,000 base stations for 5G services across the country by the end of fiscal 2023, eyeing a shift to 6G services.