Japan

Softbank to acquire 70 per cent in Sprint

Japanese carrier Softbank has announced its intention to acquire a 70 per cent stake in US operator Sprint. Softbank will invest $20.1bn into Sprint; $12.1bn of which will be paid to its shareholders and $8bn will be used as new capital.

Fastest Asian submarine cable open for business

Asia’s fastest submarine cable link opened for business this week, carrying traffic at a blistering 40Gbps between Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines with an additional link to Hong Kong to be added in December.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop smartphone chips. The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic.

Japan’s KDDI rolls out 3G and 4G SON

Japanese operator KDDI has deployed what it claims to be the “world’s first self operating 3G and 4G mobile network”. The operator chose Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to deliver the system. The operator has deployed an intelligent Self Organising Network (iSON) solution which uses NSN’s advanced NetAct Operations Support System (OSS).

Russia escapes broadband crunch as others falter

While many markets around the world have seen lower than expected growth over the past three years in terms of broadband adoption, Russia has bucked the trend by posting big growth figures, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

Softbank teams with Ericsson for LTE network in Japan

Japanese operator Softbank Mobile has selected Ericsson to build its LTE network. Ericsson will upgrade, expand and perform systems integration of Softbank’s existing packet core network to evolved packet core, for its largest LTE contract in Japan.

Telstra expands into Singapore and Japan

Australian operator Telstra has secured new operating licences in Singapore and Japan, allowing the firm to extend its reach in Asia. The company will deliver services directly to customers in both markets, rather than teaming up with local partners, as its newly acquired licences allow the carrier to own infrastructure facilities in each of the countries.

Japan disaster hits electronic components

The knock on effect of the Japan earthquake and tsunami may be felt in the telecoms industry in months to come, as the country is home to some of the world’s biggest suppliers of silicon, microchips and LCD displays.

WiMAX 2 shows off 330Mbps bandwidth in Japan

Japanese mobile WiMAX player UQ Communications and vendor Samsung have published the results of a trial WiMAX 2 802.16m system, which achieved network speeds of 330Mbps.

DoCoMo picks up rest of PacketVideo

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo said Monday it has acquired the remaining 65 per cent of multimedia software firm PacketVideo that it did not already own. The move takes PacketVideo out of the hands of US wireless broadband vendor NextWave Wireless and makes it a wholly owned DoCoMo subsidiary.

DoCoMo prepares for LTE rollout

Leading Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo said Thursday it is laying the foundations for its LTE deployment by rolling out new WCDMA base stations that will be compatible with the 4G technology.

KDDI taps Motorola, NEC for LTE rollout

Second placed Japanese operator KDDI has tapped Motorola and NEC to build its LTE network, with an eye to launching commercial services in late 2012.

EMobile launches HSPA+ in Japan

Japanese wireless broadband operator EMobile said Wednesday it has launched HSPA+ services in the country, using kit supplied by Huawei.

UQ: WiMAX trials to start this month

UQ Communications, a 2.5GHz licence holder in Japan, and which counts Intel and Samsung among its investors, has announced it will start trials of its mobile WiMAX service on 26 February. The trial will continue until 30 June this year.

DoCoMo taps NSN, Fujitsu for LTE core

Setting the pace for adoption of next generation wireless broadband technology, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu and Nokia Siemens Networks for an LTE core network. According to an announcement released Monday, DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu to implement NSN’s core Long Term Evolution (LTE) platform, which the Japanese operator also calls Super 3G. The […]

DoCoMo to build HSUPA chip

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo had teamed up with electronics manufacturers Fujitsu and Sharp and semiconductor firm Renesas Technology to co develop and HSUPA platform. DoCoMo said the SH-Mobile G4 single chip LSI device, will support HSUPA1/HSDPA2/WCDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. The technology is due for completion by the first quarter of 2010. The SH-Mobile G4 will be […]

Japan’s SoftBank first to launch 3G femtocells

Japanese operator SoftBank is to score a world first in January, when it becomes the first service provider to launch 3G femtocells in a commercial capacity. SoftBank, Japan’s third placed carrier behind NTT DoCoMo and KDDI, said it will offer 3G femtos from January 2009 using kit from UK-based Ubiquisys and a supporting IMS core […]

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