Reuters reports that Softbank, Japan’s third-largest mobile operator, reported a 7 percent rise in quarterly group operating profit today, boosted by its Internet and fixed-line phone operations, and forecast 5 percent growth this business year.
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.
Global operators including SK Telecom, KTF, Orange, SoftBank and Telenor, together with smart card vendors Gemalto and Giesecke&Devrient, are teaming up with the GSMA to trial and develop ‘Smart SIM’ technology.
US operator Verizon Wireless is to join the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) established by China Mobile, Japan’s Softbank and Vodafone (which co-owns Verizon Wireless) to help accelerate the uptake of mobile technologies on a mass-market scale, reports Cellular News.
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.