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KDDI, Facebook to join hands in 5G business

In the run-up to the 5G commercialization, KDDI hopes to tap Facebook's augmented and virtual reality technologies to develop various kinds of content. (AFP)
In the run-up to the 5G commercialization, KDDI hopes to tap Facebook's augmented and virtual reality technologies to develop various kinds of content. (AFP)
26 Nov 2019 12:11:30 GMT9
26 Nov 2019 12:11:30 GMT9

TOKYO: KDDI Corp. and US social media giant Facebook Inc. will jointly develop services to be provided through a fifth-generation, or 5G, superhigh-speed network in Japan, it was learned Monday.

They aim to offer smartphone users a goods sales system utilizing augmented reality technologies by taking advantage of the massive data transmission capabilities under the 5G format, informed sources said.

In the run-up to the 5G commercialization, KDDI hopes to tap Facebook's augmented and virtual reality technologies to develop various kinds of content, the sources added.

Under the goods sales system, users would take pictures of clothes and other products sold at fashion retailers, drug stores and other shops. Then the users would be able to check images of how they would look if they put on the clothes via photograph-sharing app Instagram.

KDDI and Facebook plan to open a special store as early as January 2020 that will allow visitors to experience the system.

In Japan, KDDI and Softbank Corp. are slated to begin their commercial 5G services in March 2020. NTT Docomo Inc. plans to start a similar service also next spring.

Commercial 5G services are already available in other countries including the United States, South Korea and China.

The 5G format enables a data communications speed of up to 100 times the levels achieved under the fourth-generation, or 4G, format.

Augmented and virtual reality technologies are expected to be used to develop a wide range of products, not just games.

Telecommunications service providers are likely to tie up with other companies to enhance their content services.

JIJI Press

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