The Japanese government has unveiled plans for rolling out next generation 5G networks as quickly as possible. They call for putting antenna base stations on traffic lights across the country.
Government officials want 5G services to be available from next year. But this could be difficult as it requires far more antenna installations than current networks.
Officials want to put the equipment on about 200 thousand traffic lights throughout Japan. This will allow 5G to be rolled out more quickly while also keeping costs down.
The plan also calls for the lights to be fitted with sensors to detect traffic conditions. These could be used to help self-driving vehicles navigate the roads.