A CNET News report, citing other sources, claims that Motorola is building a TV set top box, based on the Android open-source operating system, for Japanese telephone and broadband service provider 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.
Japan’s second-largest operator KDDI today revealed further plans for its launch of LTE networks, announcing Motorola and NEC as suppliers of radio access (base station) kit and declaring commercial availability by December 2012.
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.