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Industry kickstarts Smart SIM project

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.

Softbank sinks into loss on Internet service

Softbank, Japan’s third-biggest mobile operator, said today that it sank into a loss in its fiscal fourth-quarter on one-time costs, including launching a fixed Internet service, according to AP News.

Verizon joins JIL

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.

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.

Docomo returns to top ranking after three years

Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT Docomo last month managed to replace rival Softbank as the country’s fastest-growing player, regaining the ranking for the first time in three years.

Softbank regains lead in new user signups

Reuters reports that Softbank, Japan’s third-largest mobile operator, outran rivals NTT Docomo and KDDI in the number of net new subscribers it signed up in August, after relinquishing its lead in July to Docomo.

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.