KDDI's Seven B5G/6G Technologies Contributing to Society 5.0 Implementation

Back in March, KDDI released a 'Beyond 5G / 6G White Paper'. The current version is in Japanese only, not sure if an English version will be released anytime soon. 

There is a lot of Japan specific terminology in this one. The first one is the concept of Society 5.0. 

Society 5.0 is Japan's concept of a technology-based, human-centered society, emerging through the fourth industrial revolution. Artificial intelligence will transform big data collected through the Internet of Things into “new wisdom" and it will enhance human ability and expand our infinite possibilities, helping us enjoy more fulfilling lives. The Prime Minister's Office of Japan has produces some short videos that explain the concept. They are embedded as follows:

Then there is Accelerate 5.0. In a press release last year, KDDI said:

KDDI and KDDI Research has formulated "KDDI Accelerate 5.0"-a concept that envisions the future society of 2030. The concept is aimed at accelerating the realization of Society 5.0, a sustainable consumer-centric society where economic development is spurred and social issues are solved simultaneously with 5G.

Together with a wide range of partners, from startups to large enterprises in and outside Japan, we will upgrade the environment in three layers-platform, business, as well as networks. By promoting research and development of technologies in seven fields and orchestration technology for close collaboration between these technologies, which support the upgrading of the environment, we will realize the advanced integration of physical (real) spaces and cyber (virtual) spaces which will allow all consumers to enjoy the benefits of technologies safely without being aware of the space they are in.

We will upgrade the environment in three layers: network, platform, and business.

(1) Network Layer: By quickly rolling out 5G networks using the latest world-class technologies, we will aim to build a sophisticated, resilient ICT infrastructure in Japan and will develop it on an ongoing basis.

(2) Platform Layer: By upgrading the open platform for introducing advanced technologies of companies inside and outside Japan, we will aim to create new value to be provided to consumers, economic mechanisms, and social systems.

(3) Business Layer: By promoting digital transformation (DX) based on open innovation as a wide ranging partnership involving startups as well as large enterprises, we will aim to create a new business model.

The "7 technologies" as can be seen in the top image are: (1) Networks, (2) Security, (3) IoT, (4) Platform, (5) AI, (6) XR, and (7) Robotics. The image is self-explanatory. In the whitepaper introduction, it only mentions

Considering Beyond 5G / 6G as a system that includes other technologies in wireless communication technology, about "7 technologies" of "KDDI Accelerate 5.0" that includes "network" that includes wireless communication technology and 6 other technologies It details the role of each technology in Beyond 5G / 6G, what it is aiming for, the current situation, and the technology required for 2030.

I am looking forward to them sharing more information on this topic sometime soon.

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