SoftBank signs “pre-5G/4.5G” deals with ZTE and Huawei

Japan’s third largest mobile operator SoftBank has signed separate TD-LTE network development deals with both of China’s major telecoms equipment makers – ZTE and Huawei. SoftBank said today it has worked out a deal with ZTE to use its “pre-5G” …

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Europe strikes 5G R&D deal with Japan

The European Union (EU) joined forces with Japan to work towards a “common understanding of 5G”, identify “new harmonised frequencies” for the next-generation technology, and cooperate on future 5G applications. “Our agreement with Japan is a milestone on the road …

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KDDI aims to offload 65% of mobile data to WiFi this year

LIVE FROM BROADBAND ASIA, SINGAPORE: Japanese operator KDDI’s push over the past year to boost WiFi offload has resulted in a sharp increase in the amount of data moved off macro sites as well as huge savings in wireless capex. …

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SoftBank’s Son hints at successor; profit rebounds

SoftBank chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son said he will appoint the head of its US-based investment arm Nikesh Arora (pictured) as representative director and president of SoftBank, suggesting he could name him as a future successor. The former Google executive joined the …

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Docomo’s net profit slides 12%, FY16 margins forecast to fall

Japan’s leading operator NTT Docomo reported a 12 per cent decline in its net income to JPY410.1 billion ($344 million) for its fiscal year ending 31 March as service revenue fell due to continued heavy discounts to attract new subscribers. …

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Asia Briefs: Japan’s mobile network spending falls 19%, Q1 smartphone output in China slows & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: Japan’s mobile network spending falls 19% Japan’s mobile infrastructure market dropped 19 per cent to $4.1 billion last year as 3G investments …

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Samsung targets Japan with “white-label” Galaxy S6 devices

South Korea’s Samsung is looking to gain traction in Japan, where it has just a 5 per cent market share, with its flagship Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but it will drop its corporate logo in favour of operator brands. …

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DoCoMo to launch 225Mb/s LTE-A on 27 March

Japan’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo will launch LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service offering peak theoretical download speeds of up to 225Mb/s on 27 March. The operator said the use of carrier aggregation technology will enable it to push the data rate to …

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Asia Briefs: Flip-phones make comeback in Japan, Uber needs more time to comply in Vietnam & more

In a regular series, Mobile World Live‘s Asia Editor Joseph Waring provides a regional roundup of news snippets: Flip-phones make comeback in Japan Sales of flip-phones in Japan increased 5.7 per cent last year to 10.6 million units, while smartphone …

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