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Decline in handset subsidies to hit Japanese vendors

The decision by Japan’s three mobile operators to move away from handset subsidies is putting pressure on the country’s handset suppliers and could lead to consolidation amongst the smaller players, reports the Financial Times (FT) today.

Docomo sales and profits down as competition sharpens

NTT Docomo has posted second-quarter net income of JPY137.33 billion (US$1.5 billion), down 21 percent year-on-year following a reduction in data transmission charges, notes TeleGeography.

Japanese quartet team on HSPA

Cellular News reports that a group of Japanese firms, including mobile operator DoCoMo, have announced plans to jointly develop a SH-Mobile G4 single-chip LSI device, and a mobile phone platform incorporating it, to support the WCDMA, HSPA and GSM standards

Bharti hints at Indian market consolidation

Bharti Airtel president and CEO, Manoj Kohli, has predicted widespread consolidation will occur in India’s mobile industry over the next three years.

Nokia dismisses WiMAX in next-gen technology battle

Nokia has dismissed the prospects of WiMAX becoming a serious player in the next-generation mobile technology era.

LTE specs completed by 3GPP

Unstrung reports that the remaining specification work on next-generation mobile broadband standard LTE has now been completed.

DoCoMo preps major handset push

Telecompaper reports that Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo will launch 18 new handsets on or after 22 May.

DoCoMo eyes Asian deals, Chinese cooperation

NTT DoCoMo CEO Ryuji Yamada has confirmed that the Japanese operator is actively looking at making further investments in mobile firms in Asia.

DoCoMo to launch waterproof solar-powered phone

Cellular News reports that Japanese operator DoCoMo has announced plans to start selling a waterproof, solar-powered hybrid mobile phone from September

eMobile gains, Docomo slips in September

Japan’s smallest operator eMobile overtook market leader NTT Docomo in net subscriber additions for the month of September, as the country’s largest mobile operator slipped to fourth place in terms of growth.