KDDI and Other Companies Start Using 5G in the Shibuya Project

KDDI Corporation, Shibuya Mirai Design, and Shibuya City Tourism Association announced the launch of “Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project” on January 24, which aims to contribute to the Creative Culture City Project promoted by Shibuya Ward using 5G.

A total of 32 companies and groups, including Tokyu Corporation, PARCO Co., LTD., and Baycrew’s Co., Ltd., are participating in this project. Each group and company will combine their assets with 5G networking to enhance the entertainment and cultural values of the Shibuya Ward. Art, music, and fashion will be the largest targets for this initiative. The Shibuya 5G Entertainment Project is not limited to technology companies, but also includes land and property owners. All project participants have joined together to endorse the motto “Make Shibuya a Creative Culture City Project with au 5G.”

On January 24, a 5G portable base station will be installed in Hachiko-mae Square near Shibuya Station. An XR experience booth that uses 5G will also be installed in the Square. In this booth, locals and tourists will be able to travel back in time to 1964 Shibuya. The booth is being provided in cooperation with the 1964 TOKYO VR Association. Additionally, it will be used as the Aogaeru Tourist Information Center for a limited period from January 24 to March 31. The center will provide information regarding future measures that will be taken by domestic and overseas partner companies in expanding 5G experiences using XR technology and AI.

On January 25, in Shibuya, Marui Group Co., Ltd. and Psychic VR Lab, both of which are collaborators, will team up and present an innovative concert expansion experience at a live concert event called “uP!!!NEXT Keida Suda ~Bansui~ powered by au 5G”.

On January 26, an e-SPORTS live broadcast event that uses au 5G will be presented. You will be able to watch the final game of the “Evolution Championship Series: Japan 2020” (EVO Japan 2020).

Reference: KDDI Corporation press release