Docomo launches Mobile 5G in Guam, Saipan

Docomo Pacific launched Mobile 5G network on Guam and the CNMI Thursday, allowing subscribers to experience speeds of up to 250Mbps download and up to 15Mbps upload on their mobile devices.

"5G is more than speed. It’s the gateway for Guam and the CNMI to enter the next level of innovation and technology," said Roderick Boss, president and CEO of Docomo Pacific.

"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,” Boss said.

The fifth generation of mobile technology, 5G is the new global wireless standard after the conventional 4G LTE network. 5G is designed to deliver high data speeds, low latency, and more network capacity. Latency is the time it takes from the moment information is sent from a device until it can be used by the receiver.

"The fastest in the Marianas just got faster" Keo Toree, Docomo director of segment marketing, said in a press conference Thursday.

5G applications can be used on 5G-ready devices including LG V50, Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra, and the soon-to-come Samsung Galaxy Note 20.

At this time, Docomo said, there is no official release date of the 5G-capable iPhone 12 series.

Shohei Takigami, Docomo's chief technology officer, said 5G hotspots will be launched in phases, beginning with Skinner Plaza and Ypao Beach Park for Guam customers and Paseo de Marianas for Saipan customers.

In March 2019, Docomo unveiled its