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Japanese telco KDDI back online after weekend outage

Japanese mobile network operator KDDI suffered an equipment failure this past weekend that caused what it says is its biggest outage ever.

Softbank buys Yahoo Japan brand from Verizon for $1.6 billion

The Yahoo Japan transaction will go into effect after Verizon's pending deal with Apollo closes Verizon has signed over Yahoo Japan assets to Z Holdings, a division of Japan’s SoftBank Group, for approximately $1.6 billion, securing the Japanese company’s rights to the branding and technology...

Where does Japan stand in deploying 5G?

The Japanese government assigned the three largest mobile operators in Japan — NTT Docomo, KDDI au and Softbank, as well as new arrival Rakuten Mobile — 5G spectrum in April 2019. In the coming years, the four Japanese carriers are expected to spend more...

#TBT: Anticipating 3G devices; Japan preps for 3G; early mobile music emerges … this week in 2000

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Anticipating 3G devices DUBLIN,...

#TBT: Debating the FCC’s future; Japan leads APAC in cellular, paging; Laying the groundwork for connected cars… this week in 1995

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! GOP seeks to...

NTT DoCoMo 5G launch date is just days ahead of competitors

NTT Docomo said its 5G service will reach 500 cities by March 2021 Beginning March 25, Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo will begin commercial 5G service in an initial 150 locations, and if that date is met, it will be the first to launch the...

Vietnam commercial 5G services planned for this year

Vietnam 5G services will launch without the help of Huawei According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications website, the southeast Asian country plans to launch commercial 5G mobile services this year and won’t be using Huawei equipment to do so. Last year, the country’s largest...

KDDI partners with VC fund to invest in 5G

KDDI planning to spend $186 million over five years Japanese telecommunications company KDDI has inked a partnership with compatriot venture capital firm Global Brain Corp to establish KDDI Open Innovation Fund 3 (KOIF3), a fund that will invest in venture firms that could generate synergies...

Huawei expands 5G millimeter wave trial with NTT DoCoMo

5G trial part of NTT DoCoMo’s efforts to research technical conditions of the 28 GHz band Huawei has announced a collaboration with Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo and Tobu Railway to trial a  5G millimeter wave system at Tokyo Skytree Town as part of a broader...

Japan launches 5G trial system in Tokyo and rural areas

The Asian nation aims to launch commercial 5G services in 2020 TOKYO--Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has recently started a trial of a 5G system in Japan, Yukihiko Okumura, the leader of the 5G Mobile Communications Promotion Forum Japan’s 5G Trial Promotion...

#TBT: That ‘net’ thing could be huge for cell phones; FCC wants input on public safety spectrum … 21 years ago this week

"The internet is the killer app" for wireless data; FCC asks for input on public safety spectrum needs ... 21 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from...

Nokia to expand offering of fixed access technology in Japan

Japanese firm EneCom will distribute Nokia G.fast fixed ultra-broadband access technology. Nokia signed a distributor agreement with Energia Communications to sell its G.fast fixed broadband access technology in Japan. G.fast is designed to deliver fiber-like speeds over copper cable over short...

Tokyo train station gets wireless boost from Ericsson Elastic RAN

SoftBank said it will continue to deploy the Ericsson solution in dense urban areas Ericsson said it completed a commercial implementation of its Elastic Radio Access Network for Japanese mobile operator SoftBank. Elastic RAN is part of the Ericsson Cloud RAN solution and was developed...

Singtel, Ericsson carry out live test of 5G radio prototypes

Singapore telco also demonstrated end-to-end low latency live video streaming over '5G' Singapore telecommunications operator Singtel and Swedish vendor Ericsson carried out what the companies claim to be the first live demo of potential of 5G technologies in Southeast Asia. The demo used Ericsson’s 5G radio...

NTT DoCoMo expands Premium LTE offering

NTT DoCoMo ended June with 143,500 LTE base stations across Japan Japanese telecom operator NTT DoCoMo has expanded its "Premium 4G" service to 1,203 cities across Japan, according to a company presentation. The service, launched in March 2015, offers download speeds of up to 370 megabits per second using LTE-Advanced...

Japan officials urge NTT DoCoMo, SoftBank to cut device discounts

NTT DoCoMo currently offers new smartphones for $6 Japan’s telecommunications ministry instructed mobile phone carriers NTT DoCoMo and SoftBank to stop selling smartphones with excessive discounts, according to Japanese press reports. Rival operator KDDI was not included in the telecoms ministry’s instruction. NTT DoCoMo sells smartphones...

SoftBank ends 2015 with 31.68 million mobile subs; CEO talks Sprint

Overall SoftBank revenue expands 7.9% year-over-year Japanese mobile operator SoftBank ended the third quarter of fiscal year 2015 with 31.68 million mobile subscribers in the country, up from 31.17 million in the same period last year. Net additions during the quarter totaled 74,000. SoftBank offers TDD-LTE...

NTT DoCoMo expands ‘Premium’ LTE

The mobile carrier plans more LTE base stations by end of March Japanese telecom operator NTT DoCoMo said its "Premium" LTE service is currently available in 825 cities across Japan, according to a company presentation. The service, which was launched in March 2014, offers download...

3 Hong Kong, NTT DoCoMo trial VoLTE roaming

The telcos tested VoLTE roaming between Japan to Hong Kong Mobile operator 3 Hong Kong has completed a bilateral international voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) roaming trial with Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo. The trial involved S8 Home Routed (S8HR) architecture, which is an LTE data roaming-based technology that...

Ericsson, KDDI partner on 5G research and development

The 5G R&D agreement will focus on radio and core technologies Swedish vendor Ericsson signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese telecom operator KDDI to collaborate on "5G" research and development with an eye on potential uses and deployment strategies.  Under the agreement, the companies plan...

Report: Asia-Pacific to dominate small cells market

Deployment of small cells is seen as a key avenue of boosting cellular capacity and adding network density, but commissioning have fallen short of projections, despite 2015 being viewed as a key year for small cells adoption. As the heterogeneous network solutions continue to gain...

Ericsson preps for live 5G trials

Ericsson said it is ready to supply the first radios designed to enable mobile operators to conduct live field trials of "5G" network technology, with Japan's NTT DoCoMo set to trial the equipment next year. The 5G radio prototypes represent phase two of the Ericsson...

NTT DoCoMo announces consulting services for MNOs

Japanese telco announced a contract with Smart Communications Japanese telecom operator NTT DoCoMo announced it will provide mobile network consulting services to overseas mobile operators. Starting Nov. 23, the Japanese operator said it will provide network consulting services to Philippines-based Smart Communications, focusing on improvement and optimization...

ZTE opens 5G R&D center in Tokyo

Chinese telecom equipment provider ZTE has opened a new research and development center in Tokyo to focus on creating next-generation "5G" mobile network technologies. The new facility will support ZTE’s partnerships with operators and academic institutions in Japan on the deployment of ZTE proprietary Pre5G...

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