Japan’s four main mobile operators – NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, Softbank Mobile and Emobile – have been granted permission to apply for new frequency bands designed for LTE deployment in the country, reports The Mainichi Daily News.
Japan’s two smallest mobile networks, Softbank and Emobile, are reportedly joining forces to offer mobile data services in an alliance that could further threaten the dominance of their two larger rivals, NTT DoCoMo and KDDI.
TeleGeography, citing a report in Japan’s Nikkei daily, claims the country’s four main mobile operators – NTT DoCoMo, KDDI (au), Softbank Mobile and eMobile – plan to invest up to US$10 billion in LTE mobile services in the near future.
TeleGeography reports that Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications yesterday approved the business plans put forward by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, Softbank Mobile and eMobile to offer LTE services.
Japanese operator eMobile – focused on providing HSPA services via a data-centric business model – has stolen a march on domestic rivals by launching what it claims is the country’s first commercial HSPA+ network.