NTT DOCOMO targets 1Gbps LTE speeds ahead of 5G launch in 2020

Japan —

NTT Docomo chief technical officer Seizo Onoe has revealed the operator’s ambitious plans for 5G.

Onoe said that 4G will of course be important until the launch of 5G service, and the telco is also continuing its LTE investment and is targeting 1Gbps speeds before it rolls out 5G in 2020.

The operator has described its investment and commitment in LTE as a “solid step forward” in paving the way for 5G services in 2020.

Onoe said that 5G will certainly create “unexpected new services”, however, he noted that the most important thing at this stage of 5G development is standardisation. “I’m sure 3GPP will release Release 15 in 2018, then we can launch 5G in 2020.”