Special advertising feature | Docomo Pacific delivers 5G mobile network to Guam and Saipan

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DOCOMO Pacific on Thursday officially rolled out its Mobile 5G network on Guam and Saipan.

5G is the fifth generation mobile technology that can deliver high-data speeds, low latency and more network capacity,  Docomo Pacific president and chief executive officer Roderick Boss said.

“5G is more than speed — it’s the gateway for Guam and the CNMI to enter the next level of innovation and technology,” he added. “Think self-driving vehicles, fully integrated home IoT, VR and AR for a remote-learning video connection so clear your kids feel as if they’re physically in the classroom. There are many promising opportunities in the near future. We are proud to be the first to provide you with 5G coverage and promise to be with you every step of the way to our 5G future.” 

During a virtual press conference hosted by Docomo Pacific on Thursday morning, Boss said the Docomo 5G journey started in March 2019 with the opening of a 5G laboratory on Guam.

“This lab was created together with our shareholder NTT Docomo and it serves as a fully functional 5G lab with local and international partners to test and develop practical solutions [to] use [for] cases in a 5G environment,” Boss said, adding that it is the only Docomo 5G lab outside of Japan.

In October, Docomo Pacific and partner Nokia were able to deliver 5G to business customers in Tamuning and Hagåtña.

“In doing that, we were able to successfully launch ahead of our parent company in Japan,” Boss said.

5G experience

Through 5G, the internet speed in the Marianas just got 10 times faster, Docomo Pacific segment marketing director Keo Torre said.

5G provides up to 250 Mbps download and up to 15 Mbps upload.

“To give you a comparison, this speed is faster than your average home internet speed,” Torre said.

Now that 5G has landed in the Marianas, Docomo Pacific will roll out the mobile technology with a hotspot approach.

The 5G hotspots for Guam will be located at Skinner Plaza and Ypao Beach Park.

The first 5G hotspot on Saipan will be at Paseo de Marianas.

“Our goal is to select these hotspots that are easily accessible to our customers, with an open space so [people] can easily stick to social distancing guidelines,” Torre said.

5G accessibility is based on the compatibility of mobile devices, Torre said. “Phone manufacturers are battling to get these 5G-ready devices to the market quickly.”

The phones that are 5G compatible are the Samsung Galaxy S20 series — S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra.

Docomo Pacific has partnered with Samsung to get these 5G capable devices, Torre said.

For LG devices, LGV50 and ThinQ phones support 5G.

“Earlier this year, we started to gear up the market with 5G-ready S20 campaigns to prepare for this launch. Today, over 1,000 customers are going to be able to experience the speeds of 5G in the palm of their hands,” Torre said.

S20 users will receive an SMS from Docomo Pacific to inform them that their phones are ready to experience 5G speed.

Data traffic

Docomo Pacific chief technology officer Shohei Takigami said 5G “is the fifth generation of mobile technology. It is the new global wireless standard after the conventional 4G LTE network.”

This year, Takigami said, the traffic volume of mobile communication is expected to be over 1,000 times more than that of 2010.

“5G aims to realize a high capacity network, which can support such increase in data traffic. 5G is meant to deliver high data speed, low latency and more network,” he added.

When Docomo Pacific launched 4G LTE in 2012, Takigami said it ushered in the era of mobile broadband.

“We have seen leaps and bounds in the mobile application industry, such as video streaming, live sharing and more,” Takigami said.

“5G is expected to empower new user experience and industries around the world. It enables us to download high quality movies in a short amount of time and good quality video chat. It gives us a comfortable, reliable and less-frustrating user experience,” he added.

He expects 5G to have a big impact on businesses. It can also create new business solutions in some industries, including healthcare, Takigami said.

Guam, he added, is a geographically isolated island. It is harder to get specialist doctors to come all the way to this island. People have to go to Tokyo, Manila, or Hawaii for consultation. But high speed, reliability and low latency can provide medical expertise to remote locations around the world, he said.

He noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has  also changed the education system.

5G, he said, can support distance learning. Students can experience close to life-like video classes, he added. 

Boss said Guam and the CNMI may be a “small market,” but “we are also a very sophisticated market, and I think a big part of the reason we are so advanced is because we are pushed by competition.”

He said Guam and the CNMI have four mobile operators, which Boss added is very unusual. “If you look at the mainland U.S., they only have three nationwide carriers. The intense competition is what drives us to work tirelessly to provide you with amazing products and services,” he added.

Docomo Pacific, Boss said,  promised to deliver 5G to its customers. “We have been saying that the future is coming. Today, we are proud to announce that the future is here. Mobile 5G has landed on Guam and Saipan and we are the only service provider in the Marianas to offer the fifth generation of mobile technology to you.”

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