Softbank trials contactless payments

Japanese operator Softbank Mobile is set to trial contactless payment technology, having tapped up security firm Gemalto for the project.

Femtocells hit magic $100 price point

The femtocell crowd have hit the magic $100 price point for their gear, at which point the technology should become a mainstream consumer proposition.

Masayoshi Son, Chairman, Softbank Group

Ranked by Forbes as Japan’s fifth richest man (he made his first million while still a university student in California) Masayoshi Son is the chairman of Japanese tech investment firm Softbank.

Verizon joins web technology lab

US carrier Verizon Wireless has joined forces with mobile giants Vodafone and China Mobile, and Japanese operator Softbank ) to promote the development of new mobile internet technologies, applications and services.

Femtos held back by standards hurdles

There is still a frenzy of activity taking place in the femtocell space, and a lot of debate too. Research released this week suggests that femto technology may carve itself a niche in the long term, but in the short term, analysts remain sceptical. Japanese operator Softbank recently came forward to claim first mover advantage […]

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 […]

Softbank slashes iPhone tariff

Third placed Japanese mobile operator Softbank has slashed its tariffs on the iPhone 3G less than a month after the launch of the device. Despite the fact that Softbank claims the device has been “very well received since its launch on July 11,” the operator said it intends to make the device “available to an […]

iPhone watch: Japan and Spain confirmed

Maintaining the fever pitch in the run up to next week’s Apple extravaganza, the Californian king of cool gadgets has announced yet more iPhone partners. On Wednesday, Japanese WCMDA operator Softbank announced it too would be carrying the iPhone later this year. The news provided probably the most conclusive evidence yet that the next generation […]

Softbank struggles with number portability

Japan’s smallest cellco, Softbank Mobile, has been forced to suspend Mobile Number Portability applications twice over the weekend as the operator struggles to cope with demand. To some degree, Softbank, which last week launched a price assault on the market just as portability was introduced, has become a victim of its own success. But some […]

Softbank starts price war in Japan

Japan’s smallest cellular operator, Softbank Mobile, struck the first blow on Tuesday, in what is expected to turn into a full scale price war with the introduction of Mobile Number Portability. Softbank, which became Japan’s third placed mobile operator through the acquisition of Vodafone Japan in April, appears determined to make up for the shortcomings […]

Moto tapped for Japan WiMAX trial

Motorola today said it has been contracted by Japanese wireless operator Softbank for the deployment of a trial WiMAX 802.16e network in Tokyo. Motorola is supplying an end to end network including five access points and 25 prototype WiMAX-enabled mobile handheld devices. Expected to begin in September, the five-month trial will focus on analysing the […]

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