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Deutsche Telekom increases its stake in T-Mobile US

Deutsche Telekom now holds 48.4% of T-Mobile US Deutsche Telekom has increased its participation in T-Mobile US after it paid $2.4 billion to Japanese operator SoftBank Group, according to a report by Bloomberg. With this move, the German operator is closer to its goal of...

SoftBank secures syndicated loan to expand its 5G footprint in Japan

At the end of March 2022, SoftBank's 5G network covered 90% of the country’s population Japanese operator SoftBank announced it decided to raise up to JPY35 billion ($262.6 million) through a syndicated loan to fund capital expenditures exclusively for the construction of 5G base stations. In...

Japan seeks to cover 95% of local population with 5G in two years: report

The Japanese government aims to assign additional 5G frequencies to local carriers to boost 5G coverage The government of Japan aims to triple the availability of 5G services in the country over the next two years, Japanese press reported. Local TV channel NHK World reported that...

Toyota, NEC and other firms join Japan’s 6G initiative: Report

Japanese carriers NTT Docomo, KDDI, SoftBank Group and Rakuten Mobile are also part of this 6G initiative Toyota Motor, NEC and other Japanese companies will join a government-backed group to propose technological requirements for future 6G wireless communications, Nikkei Asia reported. The technical proposal is expected...

NTT Docomo aims to accelerate 5G rollout in Japan: Report

NTT Docomo initially launched 5G services in Japan in 2020 Japanese carrier NTT Docomo aims to accelerate the pace of its 5G expansion in the country, as rival operators are also quickly rolling out 5G across Japan, local press reported. According to the report, NTT Docomo...

Nvidia reports record Q4, FY21 revenue on strong data center growth

Nvidia's data center business set Q4 and FY21 records, driven by strong uptake of Nvidia's AI hardware and Ampere chip architecture.

SoftBank, Nvidia officially call off Arm deal

Nvidia and SoftBank announced Tuesday the $40 billion Arm deal is over, citing regulatory difficulties. SoftBank plans an IPO instead.

Nvidia to abandon $40B Arm acquisition – report

Nvidia's ARM aspirations look over, based on Nvidia comments to partners and movement from SoftBank, according to a new Bloomberg report.

FTC sues to stop Nvidia’s Arm acquisition

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is suing Nvidia Corp. to stop its US$40 billion acquisition of UK-based Arm Ltd. from Japan's SoftBank.

JMA Wireless, Kyocera partner to accelerate 5G deployment in Japan

U.S. provider of wireless technology JMA Wireless and Japanese company Kyocera Corporation announced an agreement to jointly develop a 5G millimeter-wave (mmWave) backhaul system. Leveraging Kyocera’s wireless base station technology and JMA’s XRAN, the new system will accelerate 5G network deployment across Japan. Kyocera and...

SoftBank launches 5G Standalone services in Japan

Japanese operator SoftBank announced that it has started to offer 5G Standalone services in conjunction with the sale of its new 5G-compatible SoftBank Air terminal, called "Air Terminal 5". With this new launch, SoftBank claims to be the first carrier in Japan to offer 5G...

SoftBank, KDDI select Nokia for Japan’s shared RAN

Nokia has been selected by Japanese mobile operators SoftBank and KDDI as one of the vendors to deploy Japan’s shared Radio Access Network. The Finnish vendor noted that this deployment will deliver 5G services to both SoftBank and KDDI subscribers in the Asian country. As...

#TBT: KT plans 5G launch; Verizon tests mmWave; Sprint’s Magic Box is hot … this week in 2017

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! KT plans its...

Softbank buys Loon’s HAPS patents

Loon's work on stratosphere-based communications will live on through Softbank, HAPSMobile In the wake of Alphabet winding down its stratospheric communications initiative, Loon, Softbank and its HAPSMobile subsidiary are picking up some of Loon's high-altitude platform intellectual property. Softbank says that it has acquired about...

Huawei aims to launch first 6G products around 2030: Report

Chinese vendor giant Huawei Technologies expects to launch 6G products around 2030, Chinese newspaper Global Times reported, citing the company's rotating chairman Eric Xu Zhiju. According to a recent article written by Xu, not-yet-standardized 6G has a more complicated technology environment than 5G, with impact...

Japanese telco SoftBank unveils its 6G concept

Japanese telco SoftBank announced its "6G" concept, as well as the challenges that need to be overcome to make the concept a reality. According to the Asian carrier, as-yet-unstandardized, future 6G systems are expected to bring new technological innovations, including high reliability and improved energy...

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...

SoftBank launches 5G mmWave based on Qualcomm’s technology

Japanese operator SoftBank has launched its 5G mmWave service, using devices based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G mobile platforms and modem-RF Systems, Qualcomm Technologies said in a release. The chipmaker noted that the launch of 5G mmWave will allow Japanese users to have access to the...

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...

Airspan Networks looks to ‘New Beginnings’ with plan to go public via merger

Airspan Networks plans to go public in the third quarter of this year via a merger with a special-purpose acquisition company and use $166 million from the transaction to fuel its 5G ambitions in the midst of a global inflection point in 5G and...

Loon balloon sets record: 312 days in stratospheric flight

Loon balloon provided test service for three months, then tested the limits of flight duration Loon balloon HBAL703 accomplished something that none of its silvery, high-flying compatriots have: 312 days soaring in Earth's stratosphere. HBAL703 launched from Puerto Rico in May of 2019, navigated to Peru,...

Rakuten Mobile launches 5G services in parts of Japan

  Japanese operator Rakuten Mobile, a unit of e-commerce giant Rakuten, has announced the availability of its commercial 5G service in certain areas across six prefectures of the country. The service, initially offered via Non-Stand Alone (NSA) 5G architecture, is already available in parts of Tokyo,...

NTT plans to turn NTT DoCoMo into wholly owned unit via tender: Report

  Japanese operator NTT expects to turn listed mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo into a wholly owned subsidiary via a tender offer of nearly JPY4 trillion ($37.9 billion), Nikkei Asian Review reported. NTT, which currently owns 66.2% of NTT DoCoMo, is considering making a tender offer to...

SoftBank unloads more assets, sells majority stake in Brightstar

Softbank will retain a 25% stake in Brightstar Softbank is selling Brightstar, the Miami-based cell phone distributor that it purchased in 2014, to the private equity firm of Brightstar Capital Partners (BCP), which will acquire a majority stake of the company at 75%, while Softbank...

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