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Docomo Pacific to bring 5G network to NMI and Guam

NEWLY installed Docomo Pacific chief executive officer Roderick Boss said the CNMI will soon experience the 5G network, the latest technology from Japan that will bring high-speed internet connections to the Northern Marianas and Guam.

Boss said  they may test the 5G  technology on Guam and the CNMI before launching it in Japan in 2020 for the Olympics.

“They are now talking about testing it here and in Guam. We have an opportunity to get the very best technology. Because we are so close [to Japan] we are able to get  a lot of the latest technology before other places do,” Boss said

He said they are talking about bringing 5G operations to the islands as well. “No specific date yet, but we are bringing the very best and the very latest technology here first.”

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres shakes hands with Docomo Pacific’s incoming president and CEO Roderick Boss who, on behalf of the telecommunications company, donated a check for $178,500 for the purchase of laptops that will be used by the Public School System. Also in photo are other Docomo Pacific officials and personnel.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaGov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres shakes hands with Docomo Pacific’s incoming president and CEO Roderick Boss who, on behalf of the telecommunications company, donated a check for $178,500 for the purchase of laptops that will be used by the Public School System. Also in photo are other Docomo Pacific officials and personnel. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

He said he is looking forward to the latest applications  that will be brought to the Marianas by the new technology.

“When I was in a cellular company before, [in the flip-phone days], someone said video conferencing would be possible on my cellular phone,” he said, adding that he was skeptical about it. “I said there would never be an application for that. Now, I use Facetime to talk to my grandkids. I don’t know what the future will bring, but I know it will make our lives even better. I am always looking forward to whatever the new technology is.”

Boss said Docomo Pacific “will always try and find ways to bring the latest technology to the communities we serve.”

Boss acquired his vast telecom experience at AirTouch, AT&T, Japan Telecom America and Pacific Crossing. He succeeded Jonathan Kriegel on June 1 as Docomo Pacific CEO.

Kriegel has taken a senior position in the NTT Docomo group.