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KDDI strengthens fixed business in Japan with ISP acquisition

Japanese ISP Biglobe counts 2 million fixed broadband subscribers and 400,000 mobile customers.

Japanese telecommunications company KDDI is set to acquire rival internet service provider Biglobe from Japan Industrial Partners for $694 million (80 billion Japanese yen). The deal is set to close at the end of January.

Biglobe said it served more than 2 million fixed broadband and 400,000 mobile customers as of Sept. 30. KDDI ended September with around 38.6 million mobile subscribers and more than 9 million broadband customers.

“KDDI and Biglobe will utilize their respective customer bases, business expertise and so forth to expand business through synergies between the two companies, not only in the telecommunications domain, but also in non-telecommunications domains such as settlement services and product sales business,” KDDI said in a release.

According to Japanese press reports, KDDI is also on the verge of acquiring fixed-line broadband provider Nifty from its parent Fujitsu.

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Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro covers Global Carriers and Global Enterprise IoT. Prior to RCR, Juan Pedro worked for Business News Americas, covering telecoms and IT news in the Latin American markets. He also worked for Telecompaper as their Regional Editor for Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Juan Pedro has also contributed to Latin Trade magazine as the publication's correspondent in Argentina and with political risk consultancy firm Exclusive Analysis, writing reports and providing political and economic information from certain Latin American markets. He has a degree in International Relations and a master in Journalism and is married with two kids.

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