Mar 27, 2014

Yahoo Japan to acquire eAccess for ¥324 billion

Yahoo Japan said Thursday it would buy almost all of domestic telecom company eAccess from its parent, Softbank Corp., in a deal valued at around ¥324 billion ($3.2 billion). The unit of mobile phone and Internet services giant Softbank said the deal was aimed ...

Son seeks U.S. price war, T-Mobile

Mar 11, 2014

Son seeks U.S. price war, T-Mobile

Masayoshi Son, the Japanese owner of U.S. mobile carrier Sprint, said Monday he wants to launch a “price war” with the two major carriers as he seeks to acquire T-Mobile’s U.S. unit. Son, the tycoon whose SoftBank company holds a controlling stake in Sprint, ...

Mar 7, 2014

Docomo's earnings may be derailed by price wars

NTT Docomo Inc., the nation’s largest wireless operator, said a price war with other carriers and discounts on the latest iPhones may threaten its full-year forecast after adding the Apple Inc. devices to lure customers. Curbing subsidies on mobile phones will give competitors an ...

Mar 5, 2014

Son will host D.C. wireless event

SoftBank Corp. Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son will host a presentation March 11 in Washington to discuss “the state of America’s wireless communications industry and the competitive global landscape.” Son is reportedly mulling whether to bid for mobile carrier T-Mobile US Inc. after acquiring ...

Line stake said good for SoftBank

Feb 26, 2014

Line stake said good for SoftBank

SoftBank Corp. would attract younger consumers and help boost usage by acquiring a stake in instant messaging service Line Corp., an analyst at Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit said. Average revenue per mobile user has declined at wireless phone carriers as consumers ...

Feb 25, 2014

SoftBank reportedly has sights on Line

SoftBank Corp. is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp., the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea’s Naver Corp., sources said. Line has received at least one other offer for all or some of the company, prompting it to slow preparations for an ...

SoftBank group sees net profit spike 58.1%

Feb 12, 2014

SoftBank group sees net profit spike 58.1%

SoftBank Corp. said Wednesday its group net profit for the April-December period rose 58.1 percent from a year earlier to ¥488.23 billion, supported by solid sales of Apple iPhones and increased subscriptions. The mobile phone carrier’s consolidated operating profit rose 46.3 percent to ¥924.23 ...

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

Jan 24, 2014

SoftBank to Dentsu, firms start to court gays

by Anna Mukai

With less than a 0.1 percent share of Japan’s car market, Alfa Romeo knew it couldn’t match the marketing muscle of the local giants like Toyota Motor Corp., which together make nine out of every 10 vehicles sold in the country. So Tiziana Alamprese, ...