Japanese operator EMOBILE has launched the second LTE network in the country. Based on FDD-LTE, the network offers download speeds of up to 75Mb/s and upload speeds of up to 25Mb/s in some areas.

The operator plans to cover 99 percent of the population in Japan’s major cities – such as Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka – by the end of June, before extending coverage further. By the end of March, the company aims for the network to reach 40 percent of the total population, rising to 70 percent a year later.

The company will initially offer two LTE-capable Wi-Fi routers and a USB stick capable of connecting to the network.

EMOBILE joins Japan number one NTT Docomo in providing LTE services to consumers with the latter launching its Xi network in December 2010. Fellow operator SoftBank meanwhile started to offer high-speed wireless broadband services in February using an evolution of Japan’s PHS cordless network, called AXGP. SoftBank said the technology is very close fo TD-LTE and is capable of download speeds of up to 76Mb/s.