NTT DOCOMO to Use Fujitsu Base Station Hardware for Commercial 5G Service Launch

In order to smoothly roll out 5G services, NTT DOCOMO is looking to deploy a 5G network using currently available equipment. In response to this effort, Fujitsu is supporting the deployment of a 5G network that can develop areas with the flexibility to simultaneously operate with 3G, LTE, and LTE-Advanced networks. This will be primarily through changes to software, with the minimum number of hardware changes necessary to support 5G, using Fujitsu’s existing base station for 3G, LTE, and LTE-Advanced radio access technologies.

In addition to providing these base stations, Fujitsu will implement its strong suit of software-defined radio (SDR) technology, which enables different radio access technologies for the same hardware, to expand the functionality of software on existing base stations. This will contribute to the swift realization of a commercial 5G network, offering communication speeds that significantly exceed those of existing LTE and LTE-Advanced radio access technology. Most network operators including NTT DOCOMO are looking to launch commercial 5G  services by 2020.

Fujitsu will further strengthen its partnership with NTT DOCOMO and accelerate the development of base stations that support 5G. In tandem with this, it will continue generating value for customers, taking into account the variety of ways they can put 5G to use, and promote technologies for its digital co-creation business on a global scale.