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Softbank tops mobile additions table for 24th month running (Japan)

Softbank Mobile added more new users than its rivals for the 24th month running in April, aided in part from a price reduction on the Apple iPhone 3G. Data published by the Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA) of Japan showed that Softbank added a net 105,400 contracts last month, keeping its nose just ahead of fourth-placed eMobile with a net gain of 102,800. The TCA said eMobile’s performance was buoyed by the bundling of a low-priced mobile personal computer and a datacard, which attracted both business and residential customers. Market leader DoCoMo took third spot with a net gain of 89,300 and au-branded KDDI Corp gained 57,500. PHS operator Willcom meanwhile, reported a net decrease of 10,600.

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May 13, 2009 at 20:40 Leave a comment

Six operators to launch LiMo handsets this year

Six operators will launch mobile phones based on the LiMo operating system this year, announced the LiMo Foundation, an industry group promoting Linux software for mobile services. The operators planning LiMo devices include NTT Docomo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone. Further active operator participants in the LiMo Foundation include KTF, SFR, Softbank Mobile, Swisscom and Telecom Italia. To date 33 commercial handset models have been certified as LiMo Compliant, of which 10 will be on display at the Mobile World Congress by NEC and Panasonic. LG and Samsung will also show new prototype models at MWC in Barcelona.

The LiMo Foundation also announced that all technologies specified for the R2 release of the LiMo Platform have been contributed on time, and LiMo members are currently introducing reference implementations for devices. The LiMo Reference Implementations will include code specified within both LiMo Platform R1 and LiMo Platform R2. This code includes source code contributions from members as well as components originating from open source communities. LiMo Reference Implementation contributors include Access, Azingo, LG Electronics, Purple Labs and Samsung Electronics. The latest technologies in the LiMo Platform include support for features such as advanced multimedia, location-based services, device management and enhanced security. The LiMo Foundation also announced its endorsement of the OMTP Bondi specification, which future LiMo handsets using a web runtime will support for widgets.

Wireless Industry News

February 11, 2009 at 17:04 Leave a comment

Mobile base reaches 106.1 million users at end-January

According to data published by the Telecommunications Carrier Association (TCA), Japan was home to 106.1 million mobile subscribers by 31 January 2008, thanks to the net addition of 269,000 new connections in the month. The country’s third largest operator by subscribers, Softbank Mobile, once again led the pack in terms of net sign-ups, adding 120,400 new customers to close January with more than 20.12 million subscribers. It was followed by number one operator NTT DoCoMo, which added a net 64,300 new users to reach a total of 54.22 million, while KDDI gained just 12,600 mobile users to end the month with 30.56 million. Fourth placed eMobile signed up an impressive 71,700 net new subscribers to lift its total to 1.19 million and PHS operator Willcom shipped 20,800 customers for a total of 4.55 million.

Wireless Industry News

February 9, 2009 at 18:47 Leave a comment

Softbank 3Q profit up 2%; maintains full-year outlook

Japanese telecoms group Softbank Corp has reported a 2% rise in third-quarter operating profit as a result of its decision to lower voice call charges and reduce handset subsidies, but stuck to its forecast for modest full-year growth of 4.8% to JPY340 billion (USD3.8 billion). In the three months ended 31 December 2008 Softbank posted operating profit of JPY94.7 billion, up 2% year-on-year from JPY92.4 billion profit previously. The operator said its results were bolstered by strong performances from its fixed line operation and at Yahoo Japan Corp, in which Softbank has a 41% stake. On the results, Softbank chief executive Masayoshi Son said: ‘The impact of discounts was still big until December, but since more and more people will come out of their 24-month payment period from now on, we can expect big profit growth … The actual operations are improving strongly.’

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February 5, 2009 at 17:11 Leave a comment

SoftBank, eMobile close to brokering network deal (Japan)

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that SoftBank Mobile and eMobile have entered the final stages of negotiations over a tie-up in wireless data communications services in Japan. According to people familiar with the situation, if the deal goes ahead, Softbank Mobile, the country’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to introduce a flat-rate system for the services, using eMobile’s network. Softbank is looking to launch the new offer in spring 2009 – marking the first mobile virtual network operator deal between telecoms companies in Japan. The tie-up will allow both companies to take on bigger rivals NTT DoCoMo and KDDI in the hotly contested domestic market. In addition, Softbank Mobile plans to boost data-transmission speeds and set the rate for the service close to JPY4,980 (USD55.58) – similar to a two-year deal being proposed by eMobile and the lowest in the Japanese mobile sector.

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February 3, 2009 at 16:37 Leave a comment

MIC to issue up to four 4G mobile licences (Japan)

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in Japan has reportedly outlined plans to allocate spectrum for so-called ‘4G’ mobile services to up to four carriers, reversing its original policy of selecting just two or three firms for the available frequencies. The licences, which will allow the winners to deliver data communications speeds comparable to those offered by fibre-optic services, could be up for grabs as early as June 2009. Antara News reports the MIC’s change of heart came after it decided to use a portion of the 1.7GHz band for 4G services instead of just the 1.5GHz band. Japan’s four main wireless operators – NTT DoCoMo, Softbank Mobile, KDDI and eMobile – have all expressed interest in the licences and it now seems likely that these four will each receive one of the new concessions.

Wireless Industry News

January 27, 2009 at 16:46 Leave a comment

Japan: mobile base tops 105.8 million end-December

According to data published today by Japan’s Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA), the country’s incumbent mobile operators collectively added a net 400,200 new users last month to end the year with a total 105.825 million mobile subscribers. Softbank Mobile recorded 135,200 net additions last month, compared with 36,000 for KDDI’s ‘au’ brand, and 120,400 for the country’s leading operator by subscribers, DoCoMo. At the start of this year, DoCoMo had 54.16 million customers, ahead of KDDI with 30.55 million and Softbank Mobile with 19.99 million. The market’s newest entrant eMobile added 108,600 new users to end the year with 1.12 million, while the leading PHS operator, Willcom, had 4.57 million customers, up just 1,300 from a month before.

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January 12, 2009 at 15:20 Leave a comment


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