In October 2021, SoftBank announced that it had begun offering 5G standalone services
Japanese operator SoftBank has announced that it has opened a 5G Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) site in the Kanto region and has begun nationwide deployment of MEC servers in Japan this month.
SoftBank noted that its 5G MEC 5G SA provides a low latency and secure service experience using commercial services.
The operator added that its 5G MEC offer now makes it possible for customers to experience high-speed services by placing applications near user devices within the 5G SA network, which significantly reduces server access time.
SoftBank’s 5G MEC platform provides a Kubernetes-based container environment, a real standard for application development. From physical infrastructure setup to application deployment and distribution, 5G MEC sites are automated. Such features make applications on the 5G MEC platform more error-tolerant and enable faster service rollout with less complexity, for a variety of industrial services such as emergency notification, in-building IoT-based network installations, factory automation, multi-user network gaming and Automatic driving, among others
“This installation of 5G MEC is a big milestone for SoftBank. Its compatibility with the SRv6 MUP and network slicing, along with its automation of automation, has made it unique in the entire industry. Together with our partners, we will leverage our 5G MEC solution capabilities to create a multi-industry ecosystem to become a full-fledged digital platform provider, ”said Keiichi Makizono, SoftBank SVP and CIO.
“Yahoo! Japan is actively pursuing new technologies to provide a safe, secure and comfortable service to a wide range of customers. Therefore, we are paying close attention to the expansion of SoftBank 5G MEC, which provides CSP infrastructure to our customers near mobile devices with higher network reliability, The infrastructure will significantly increase our service potential by significantly reducing processing speeds and facilitating installation through containers, ”said Masahiko Kokubo, Director, EVP and CTO Yahoo Japan Corporation.
In October 2021, SoftBank announced that it had begun offering 5G standalone services. With this new launch, SoftBank claims to be the first carrier in Japan to offer 5G SA commercial services.
The Japanese carrier noted that the most important features of 5G SA networks are their network slicing and ability to deliver private 5G networks, which are customized networks to suit the needs of individual enterprises and other connectivity features based on advanced technology.
SoftBank initially launched commercial 5G services in Japan in March 2020 through NSA Architecture.