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Next-generation Japanese spectrum to be allocated in June

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.

Report: Softbank plans MVNO on Emobile’s network

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.

Report: Android set-top box in the works

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.

KDDI, Sharp to launch ‘first’ solar-powered mobile

Japan’s second-largest mobile operator, KDDI, is to launch a solar-powered mobile device manufactured by fellow Japanese company Sharp in June.

Report: Japanese ops to invest up to US10B in LTE

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.

Japan confirms 4 applications for LTE licenses

Telecompaper reports that Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said it received four applications for licenses to deploy what it calls ‘3.9G’ mobile networks.

MIC clears Japanese ops for LTE

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.

Japan’s eMobile claims HSPA first

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.

KDDI unveils plans for 2012 launch of LTE

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.

KDDI eyes deals

Japan’s second-largest telco KDDI says it is keen to expand its overseas reach in the Asia-Pacific region through acquisitions, the Business Times reports, notes TeleGeography.