SoftBank's new Japanese mmWave 5G service is driven by Qualcomm
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SoftBank has launched a new, mmWave-based 5G service for the Japanese market. The former owner of ARM has adopted Qualcomm technology to establish it, thus continuing their "long-standing collaboration...to support Japan’s growth and leadership using the most advanced wireless innovations”, according to its senior vice president and head of product division, Keigo Sugano.
The company has apparently chosen to go with mmWave for its potential to "deliver the world’s fastest multi-gigabit cellular speeds and low latency connectivity". It and its partner Qualcomm also estimate that telecomms operators can save up to 35% in their total cost of ownership compared to using sub-6GHz bands alone - although that mainly applies to high-density urban, business or fixed-wave access (FWA) use-cases.
On that note, SoftBank also has a new portfolio of mmWave devices to offer in the course of its new service;s roll-out, including the Pocket WiFi 5G A004ZT 5G mobile hotspot, as well as new 5G smartphones that are likely to run on Qualcomm SoCs. This new service joins SoftBank’s existing sub-6GHz concerns operating in Japan.