Japan to earmark $10m for 4G research

A newspaper report claims that Japan's minister for telecommunications is to request a $10m (£6.9m) budget for the research and...

A newspaper report claims that Japan's minister for telecommunications is to request a $10m (£6.9m) budget for the research and development of fourth-generation (4G) technology during 2002.

Fourth-generation technology will allow data communication at speeds up to 50 times faster than third-generation technology, which NTT DoCoMo has been offering in Japan on a trial basis since May.

The current generation of mobile telecommunication in Japan uses 800MHz and 1.5GHz frequencies, while NTT DoCoMo's 3G service uses 2GHz frequencies.

According to the report, the Japanese government is aiming to fully unveil 4G services prior to 2010 as part of its e-Japan initiative, which intends to make Japan the world's most advanced IT nation.

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