It has been reported by Kyodo news service that Japan and China are planning to conduct a joint experiment on a new generation Internet-capable mobile phone for high-speed data communications between the two countries.

Citing Japanese officials from the Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry of Japan, Kyodo stated that the three-year project aimed at promoting better Asian information technology systems will begin in December and use the Internet Protocol Version 6, or IPv6. The IT experiment will test a fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone capable of data communication comparable to speeds using fiber-optic cables.

Under the program, the two countries will experiment on sending and receiving Internet data via the mobile phone at speeds of up to 100 megabits per second, much faster than the third-generation phones with speeds of up to 2.4 megabits per second. The project will involve testing the mobile phone for capabilities such as creating data content on Chinese cities, building a database on Chinese businesses and facilitating intercultural communication using the technology of translating between the Japanese and Chinese languages.

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