Softbank, KDDI strike back at low-cost smartphone rivals

Aug 16, 2016

Softbank, KDDI strike back at low-cost smartphone rivals

Mobile carriers SoftBank Group Corp. and KDDI Corp. are hitting back at low-cost providers with competitive rates under their group brands. Newcomers to the rapidly expanding low-cost smartphone service market include retail giant Aeon Co. and online retailer Rakuten Inc. They use networks leased ...

Jul 1, 2016

Broadband to get faster via Japan-Oregon cable

An undersea cable backed by Google and Asian companies aimed at boosting trans-Pacific broadband was put into service on Thursday, the consortium announced. The 5,600-mile (9,000-km) FASTER Cable System is aimed at meeting the growing demand for broadband Internet connections between North America and ...

Jun 3, 2016

Toyota, KDDI team up to develop global platform for networking cars

Toyota Motor Corp. and KDDI Corp. will establish a global communications platform to promote the spread of connected cars in Japan and elsewhere, the companies said Thursday. The automaker plans to develop a uniform data communication module that can be used globally by 2019, ...

May 17, 2016

Japan government to press mobile carriers on prices as profits soar

The government plans to step up pressure on the country’s largest mobile-phone carriers to offer cheaper plans as surging profits show they have room to reduce costs for customers, an official at the communications ministry said. Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi ...

Mobile carriers stream to higher profits

May 13, 2016

Mobile carriers stream to higher profits

Japan’s top three mobile carriers NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Group Corp. posted higher operating profits in fiscal 2015, thanks in part to greater use of data streaming on smartphones. NTT Docomo saw operating profit rise 22.5 percent to ¥783 billion, the ...

Mar 24, 2016

KDDI backs professor-led team in Google moon rover contest

Telecommunications carrier KDDI Corp. will support the sole Japanese team taking part in the Google Lunar Xprize competition, a $30 million race to land a robotic rover on the moon. KDDI said Wednesday it had signed an official partnership deal with team Hakuto, led ...

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

| Feb 22, 2016

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

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The Japanese mobile phone industry recently came under fire from the government for using ambiguous price-setting schemes and excessive handset discounts that stole customers from rivals but penalized loyalty. This has prompted the three major carriers — NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank ...