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NTT Docomo Inc. launched fifth-generation large-capacity ultrahigh-speed mobile phone services Wednesday, becoming the first in Japan to do so.

Rivals KDDI Corp. and Softbank Corp. are set to follow suit on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Rakuten Inc. plans to enter the 5G market in June.

With the start of the 5G era, the mobile carriers aim to expand their customer bases by providing high-resolution video distribution services utilizing the 5G technology.

On Wednesday, NTT Docomo started to accept subscriptions to its 5G services and sell handsets, priced at around between ¥80,000 and ¥120,000, at its outlets across the country.

The company's 5G services are offered at ¥7,650 per month, excluding tax. The monthly fee can be reduced to as low as ¥4,480 with the use of discounts.

The services allow data transmission of up to 100 gigabytes a month. Data transmission will be unlimited for a certain period for the time being.

NTT Docomo's 5G services are provided initially at a total of 150 locations in major cities, including Tokyo, Aichi and Osaka.

It plans to make them available across the country by the end of March 2024, NTT Docomo President Kazuhiro Yoshizawa said.

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