Oct 8, 2016

Japan punishes three firms over predatory smartphone discounts

Japan’s communications ministry imposed administrative penalties on three phone service providers on Friday for offering excessive discounts to customers buying smartphones. The ministry gave NTT Docomo Inc., KDDI Corp. and SoftBank Corp. until the end of this month to report measures to end the ...

Jun 24, 2016

NTT Docomo claims $1.17 billion ruling in stake dispute with Tata

NTT Docomo Inc. said a panel awarded the company $1.17 billion in compensation after arbitrators sided with Japan’s largest mobile-phone carrier in a dispute with India’s Tata Sons Ltd. Tata Sons, the holding company of India’s largest conglomerate, has been ordered by the London ...

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 ...

May 3, 2016

NTT Docomo to tap VP Yoshizawa as new president

Mobile carrier NTT Docomo Inc. will look to rejuvenate its leadership team by appointing Senior Executive Vice President Kazuhiro Yoshizawa as new president and the successor to current Chief Executive Officer Kaoru Kato, company sources said Tuesday. Yoshizawa, 60, joined Docomo’s predecessor in 1992 ...

Apr 6, 2016

Docomo, SoftBank ordered to end excessive smartphone discounts

The telecommunications ministry has instructed major mobile phone carriers NTT Docomo Inc. and SoftBank Corp. to stop selling smartphones effectively for free in defiance of guidelines aimed at ending excessive discounts. This is the first time that the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry has ...

Cellphone cease-fire signals change

| Feb 22, 2016

Cellphone cease-fire signals change


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 ...