Japan to allocate 66.2 billion yen as research fund for next-generation 6G wireless networks

Japan is setting up a fund to support research on next-generation 6G wireless networks, according to Nikkei.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan will allocate 66.2 billion yen in the second supplementary correction budget for the fiscal year 2023. The fund will be established at the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology to provide financial support for research and development in the coming years.

According to the current blueprint, the communication speed of 6G technology is expected to provide more than 10 times faster than the current 5G standard. The technology is said to reduce power consumption compared to 5G and help advance carbon reduction efforts and is expected to be rolled out/commercially available around 2030.

Chinese Huawei, Sweden's Ericsson, and Finland's Nokia currently control more than 70% of the global mobile base station market. Although Japanese companies are competitive in some of the components used in these base stations, they are currently unable to gain a foothold in the field.

The advantage that can be seen at present is that Japan has advanced optical communication technology and is expected to become the backbone communication foundation of the 6G network. The Japanese government will also further seek to consolidate its technological advantages by assisting in R&D efforts.

Beyond that, the global development race is heating up. From 2021 to 2027, the EU will invest 900 million euros in research and development. From 2021 to 2025, Germany will invest 700 million euros in its own research, and China is also speeding up related research.

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