Asian operators form NFC alliance

Four Asian mobile operators have teamed up to form an alliance to accelerate the adoption of NFC technology worldwide. Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom, Hong Kong’s HKT, Japan’s KDDI and SK Planet, a wholly owned subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Telecom announced the formation of the Asia NFC Alliance with the support of trade association GSMA at Mobile World Congress.

NSN and Ericsson win new LTE customers in Asia

European network vendors Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks have both announced new LTE customers in key Asian markets. Sweden’s Ericsson has won a supply deal with Japan’s KDDI, while NSN has a contract with China Telecom.

Telenor signs M2M deal with Japan’s KDDI

Norwegian operator group Telenor, through its M2M business unit Telenor Conexxions, has inked a deal with Japanese operator KDDI to provide a global M2M solution for its enterprise customers.

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).

iPass launches Wi-Fi exchange

Enterprise mobility service vendor iPass has launched a zero-click mobile data offload plan it says will allow service providers to deliver wifi connectivity that functions like data roaming, automatically connecting users to preferred networks.

Sprint joins the Google carrier billing club

Sprint has joined T-Mobile USA and AT&T on the Google carrier billing wagon, offering support for Android users who want to charge app purchases to their monthly bills. In a phased roll-out over the next few days, Sprint users will be offered a drop-down menu when purchasing apps, allowing them to choose between charging their credit card or “Bill my Sprint account.”

KDDI to offer HTC WiMAX handset

HTC and Japanese carrier KDDI have announced that UQ Communications, KDDI’s WiMAX services subsidiary, will distribute HTC’s EVO WiMAX smartphone from April this year. It will be Japan’s first WiMAX smartphone.

KDDI makes investment in financial solutions firm

Japanese carrier KDDI has invested $22m in US financial solution provider Microfinance International Corporation. The operator said that the deal will allow the two firms to develop an open mobile payment platform that will be made available to mobile operators worldwide.

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.

Intel backs KDDI WiMAX push

Japanese operator KDDI has teamed up with chip giant Intel, the East Japan Railway Company, kit manufacturer Kyocera, Daiwa Securities, and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, to invest in and create a joint venture to bid for a WiMAX licence in Japan. The Wireless Broadband Planning venture intends to bid for the 2.5GHz frequency band for […]

KDDI to enter US mobile market

Japanese cellco KDDI said Monday that it will launch MVNO services in the US this year, using Sprint Nextel’s network as a carrier. KDDI is reportedly planning to use its own brand on the service and is expected to target Japanese consumers living in the US. But the company will have its work cut out […]

Japan goes with FLO

Japanese mobile operator KDDI and US chip firm Qualcomm saidd Tuesday that trials of mobile TV illustrated a commercial viability for paid mobile broadcast services in Japan. Qualcomm and KDDI established a jointly owned company, MediaFLO Japan Planning Incorporated, in 2005, to examine the viability of deploying Qualcomm’s FLO mobile TV technology in Japan. Recently, a […]

KDDI fires first shot in portability war

Second placed Japanese mobile operator KDDI has come out with all guns blazing as the country’s wireless players prepare for the introduction of number portability. KDDI unleashed no less than 12 new handsets Monday, supported by a slew of new data services and faster network speeds. The operator unveiled plans for a mobile-based community to […]