Yahoo Japan to acquire eAccess

Web firm Yahoo’s Japanese subsidiary has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn ($3.17bn).

Softbank sells stake in newly-acquired eAccess

Japanese operator Softbank is selling a portion of its recently acquired subsidiary eAccess to 11 third party firms including infrastructure vendors Ericsson, NSN, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung. Softbank said that the move would allow the subsidiary to maintain a degree of independence, which it believes will allow eAccess’ continued expansion.

eAccess and O2 plan 4G LTE trials in Japan and UK

Japanese operator eAccess has announced that it has begun trialling a 4G LTE service in preparation for a launch in the country in March 2012. Meanwhile Telefonica’s UK arm, O2 has also launched a 4G trial in London. The operator will be using the trial to shape its plans for a commercial 4G rollout, following Ofcom’s 4G spectrum auction, which is expected to take place sometime in 2012.


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