2G carriers in Japan get additional spectrum

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TOKYO-The Japanese government on Wednesday announced it would allocate additional 1.5 GHz band spectrum for mobile carriers providing second-generation (2G) services. The 1.5 GHz band has been used by taxi operators. As they have shifted from the conventional analog wireless system to a digital wireless system, some parts of the 1.5 GHz spectrum have become vacant.

On the other hand, mobile carriers have been running out of their allocated band due to a mobile-phone boom in Japan. Mobile carriers will be able to provide their 2G mobile services to 3 million new customers using the newly allocated band, the telecom ministry said.

Currently, NTT DoCoMo, J-Phone and Tu-Ka (KDDI Group) are providing mobile services based in the 1.5 GHz band.

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