Ministry of Interior and Communications Announces “National Urban Rural Digital Infrastructure Development Plan” and Others[les “Cinq nouvelles que vous devriez savoir maintenant” de Yoshihiro Nakajima 2022/3/24 ~ 3/31]–INTERNET Watch

1. Ministry of Interior and Communications Announces “National Digital Rural City Infrastructure Development Plan”

The Ministry of Interior and Communications has issued the “National Digital Rural City Infrastructure Development Plan”, a communication infrastructure development plan for the realization of the “National Digital Rural City Concept ” (Keitai Watch). From the point of view that “digital infrastructure such as optical fiber, 5G, data center/undersea cable, etc. are indispensable”, the main thing is to “promote with a sense of speed” and “to organize a regional council with local authorities”. This is to “foster the match between telecommunications operators and people involved in social implementation” and “promote the research and development of “Beyond 5G”, which will be the infrastructure of the 2030s” .

Specifically, regarding 5G, “In response to the increase in traffic, a new frequency for 5G will be allocated so that the frequency will be tripled from the current level”, and “The 2.3 GHz band will be implemented in early 2022.” “. In the short term, “by the end of 2023, we will aim to achieve zero population outside the 4G area and nationwide expansion of 5G master stations (advanced specific base stations) in almost all areas where there is a need”. of the year, the coverage rate of the population in 5G will reach 95% at the national level, 97% by the end of 2025, and 99% at the national level and in each prefecture of ‘by the end of 2030.

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  • The 5G coverage rate will be raised to 95% nationwide by the end of fiscal 2011, and the government will continue the development of 5G toward the “national concept of digital rural city”.[Keitai Watch]

2. Free yourself from the shackles of in-app purchases to allow the installation of external links

In Japan, Apple allows “reader apps” used in content distribution services to include links outside of the “App Store” (CNET Japan). In other words, “users will be able to create and manage accounts outside of the app”, so until now when distributing the app on the app store, the only option was to charge the within Apple’s platform, but as of now This means the binding is gone. This was announced in 2021 by a settlement with the Japan Fair Trade Commission and will expand the options for billing methods in the leading app in the future.

In the United States, “Google and Spotify have jointly announced that they will implement a new system for paying subscription fees” (Impress Watch). It also “allows choosing payments other than Google Play”, and the specific introduction time is from the second half of 2022.

Either way, there are more options for “digital content billing” in “apps” which has become a huge market, and it’s been criticized as a monopoly market by big IT companies, which is often become a problem. situation, we will take a step towards healthy competition.

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  • Apple makes it possible to set up a link to the outside of the “App Store” with the reader application[CNET Japan]
  • How the App Store will change with the “Spotify deal with Google”[Impress Watch]

3. Transformation of transport-related services

In a society where so many people use digital information on smartphones, transport-related services that could have been provided but could not have been improved.

One is to make a reservation for the Shinkansen or the limited express from Google Maps. JR East has launched “a service that allows tickets to be purchased for trains searched on Google Maps as is by linking the train reservation service “Ekinet” (provided by the company) and “Google Maps” provided by Google.” Look). It may be a little, but I believe that each department’s cooperation in this way will lead to convenience. It is possible that other individual services such as app switching every time are connected.

In addition, Tokyo Metro has added new functions such as route guidance taking into account delays and elevator usage in the “Tokyo Metro my! App” (Impress Watch). The travel route taking into account the elevator can be considered as a factor towards accessibility.

A service that detects and distributes congestion in real time, such as at shrines and temples in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture, has also started (INTERNET Watch). “You can check the congestion status of Nikko Toshogu’s Omotesando and surrounding parking lots from your smartphone or PC.” It is a service provided by VACAN, Inc. “Install an outdoor camera and a button-type IoT device at the target location, detect and provide real-time congestion status by AI video analysis. Also , by button-type device. , Congestion can be easily viewed without any construction work.” Until now, there were tourist sites where you can check the situation with a live camera, but it seems that a distribution precise can spread using such a mechanism. And isn’t it possible to show the situation on a map (preferably with a map app) like a large coin-operated parking lot?

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  • [Keitai Watch]so you can make reservations for JR East Shinkansen / limited express from Google Maps
  • Tokyo subway, route guidance to avoid stairs due to delay[Impress Watch]
  • Began to provide services that allow you to understand the current state of congestion in Nikko Toshogu and parking lots and avoid “density” View the state of congestion of famous tourist spots in real time[INTERNET Watch]

4. Summary of the situation in Ukraine and information and communication services

Also this week, I will summarize trends in information and communication services around the situation in Ukraine.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly added Russian security software provider Kaspersky to a list of telecommunications equipment and service providers it considers a threat to national security (Reuters). The situation in Ukraine seems to be behind this decision. At the same time, Chinese companies such as China Telecom and China Mobile have also been added to the same list. Last year, five Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE were also certified on this list.

Spotify will stop streaming service access in Russia (TechCrunch Japan version). While Spotify states that “maintaining service operations in Russia is crucial to providing reliable independent news and information in Russia”, “against the newly introduced freedom of speech in Russia.” “Dramatic regulation” is the cause.

Also, according to Google, access to “Google News” is restricted in Russia (CNET Japan).

It is reported that an internet censorship avoidance service called “Lantern” is building a “P2P network that is unaffected by the Russian government’s internet blocking” in Russia in order to circumvent these restrictions on dissemination of information by the Russian government. (Gigazine). The information war on the control and avoidance of information on the Internet is becoming active.

And as a support measure for Ukraine, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is providing the “Starlink” satellite internet communication network for Ukraine (Gigazine). And by March 19, thousands of terrestrial antennas for Starlink will be available. Due to these factors, the communication infrastructure with Ukraine is unlikely to be completely disrupted, even in a fierce battle.

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  • US Authorities Recognize Kaspersky and China Mobile as ‘Security Threats'[Reuters]
  • Spotify to suspend service in Russia due to speech removal[version TechCrunch Japan]
  • Internet censorship is progressing In Russia, there is a movement to build a censorship avoidance network[Gigazine]
  • Russia restricts access to “Google News”[CNET Japan]
  • Thousands of “Starlink” satellite Internet antennas have arrived in Ukraine, and the number of subscribers worldwide has exceeded 250,000, but prices will increase[Gigazine]

5. Cybersecurity problems that are getting worse every day

Japan’s security issues have been summed up weekly, but there is no sign of convergence. Not only are phishing scams largely targeting consumers, but also ransomware attacks targeting international businesses such as automotive-related businesses and affecting their business continuity.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of the Interior and Communications, the National Police Agency and the National Cyber ​​Security Center (NISC) issued a document stating “Strengthening of measures cybersecurity in the light of the current situation” (INTERNET Watch). It is also considered that the situation around Ukraine is context-specific and that we must continue to be vigilant in the face of the risk of cyberattacks.

As for phishing scams, cases such as FamiPay (Phishing Countermeasures Council), Delivery Hall (INTERNET Watch), Ekinet and carrier services such as Mobile Suica (ITmedia) have been reported. , This is a scenario that users tend to access without noticing that it is genuine.

In addition, a method called “web skimming” (INTERNET Watch) has been reported, and it seems that not only users should be careful, but specific technical measures to create a safe and secure Internet environment are also necessary.

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  • Cabinet Cyber ​​​​Security Center and central ministries and agencies call for strengthening cyber security measures according to the current situation. In addition to general measures, call for measures against ransomware and Emotet[INTERNET Watch]
  • Beware of “web skimming” which tampers with EC sites and steals credit card information![Veille INTERNET]
  • Phishing for FamiPay[Conseil des contre-mesures contre l’hameçonnage]
  • Sharp, Instagram confirms multiple impersonation accounts, alert[ITmedia]
  • Object “[Important]About the automatic processing of withdrawals from the “Delivery Hall” account, be careful of phishing emails from the delivery hall, etc. Guide to bogus sites such as automatic withdrawal processing[INTERNET Watch]
  • Beware of Suica and JR West mobile spoofing[ITmedia]
  • Electro-communications University was infected with Emotet, and the mail server was abused to send malware and apologized[ITmedia]
  • Emotet Measurements, a Gesture to Reject File Receipt with Macros – Analysis of Digital Arts[ZDnet Japan]

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