Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has chosen compatriot firm NEC Company to provide a 5G cellular core community (5GC) suitable with standalone (SA) 5G.

NTT DoCoMo goals to launch 5G companies by way of a SA 5G structure subsequent yr.

Along with the 5GC, NEC will present a compact person information processor, the “UPF mini”, as a part of driving additional growth of NTT DoCoMo’s SA 5G, and assembly the various community wants of the 5G period, together with assist for 5G options reminiscent of enhanced Cell Broadband (eMBB), huge Machine Sort Communications (mMTC), and Extremely-Dependable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC), NEC stated.

The seller additionally famous that SA 5GC permits the availability of sliced networks that are perfect for the assorted companies that benefit from 5G options, whereas additionally enhancing scalability.

NEC already supplies NTT DoCoMo with core networking vEPC for LTE. The 5G service launched by the Japanese provider in March 2020, makes use of an extension of this vEPC and operates as a Non-standalone (NSA) core community. NEC additionally supplies base stations and 5G radio base stations for LTE.

“This 5GC permits us to construct a 5G core community that may flexibly accommodate all kinds of wants and use instances,” stated Naoki Tani, Govt Normal Supervisor, R&D Innovation Division, at NTT DoCoMo. “Going ahead, NTT DoCoMo will proceed to supply state-of-the-art capabilities along with NEC and different companions to be able to promote additional advances in 5G networks.”

Atsuo Kawamura, EVP, Community Companies Enterprise Unit, at NEC, stated: “We sit up for offering high-quality and dependable 5GC along with the core community gadgets and radios we’ve already offered for NTT DoCoMo’s 4G community. NEC will proceed to assist NTT DoCoMo’s enlargement of 5G companies and contributing to the additional growth of next-generation cellular infrastructure, each domestically and throughout world markets.”

NTT DoCoMo ended September with a complete of 380,000 subscribers within the 5G phase, the corporate’s President and CEO Kazuhiro Yoshizawa stated throughout a latest convention name with traders.

Yoshizawa stated NTT DoCoMo’s had over 500,000 subscribers within the 5G phase by the tip of October.

The corporate is sustaining its goal of two.5 million 5G subscribers on the finish of the monetary yr ending March 30, 2021.

“Now we have rolled out the 5G service in 144 cities, and we’ve commenced the millimeter wave service in September. The year-end goal which is the rollout to 500 cities, together with all designated cities by the federal government, we imagine we’re making progress in direction of this finish,” the chief stated.

NTT DoCoMo beforehand stated it expects to achieve 10,000 5G websites by June 2021 and 20,000 by March 2022.