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Government urges SoftBank, KDDI to remove SIM lock restrictions - report

Published 19 Sep 2019 08:25 CET | Japan

The Japanese government will require domestic mobile operators KDDI and SoftBank to ensure that subscribers to their new plans will have their handsets unlocked for usage on ...

KDDI joins Mobile Payment Alliance

Published 19 Sep 2019 07:33 CET | Japan

Japanese operator KDDI has joined the Mobile Payment Alliance (MoPA). The MoPA alliance of merchant stores was established by Line Pay and Merpay in March, to boost adoption ...

Docomo not to sell Huawei smartphones for 5G subscribers - report

Published 18 Sep 2019 10:15 CET | Japan

Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo will not sell Huawei phones for its 5G services users, amid concerns about restricted access to Google services, Nikkei reports, citing ...

SoftBank to accelerate 5G network rollout, reach 60% coverage by early 2023 - report

Published 18 Sep 2019 09:31 CET | Japan

Japanese operator SoftBank plans to complete the first phase of its 5G network deployment two years ahead of its initially set schedule, Nikkei reports. SoftBank initially ...

Docomo to deploy 4G/5G multi-vendor RAN based on O-RAN specifications

Published 18 Sep 2019 08:43 CET | Japan

According to Docomo, the ability to deploy and interconnect base station equipment from different vendors will make it possible to select the equipment most suitable for ...

Konami to open esports complex at Creative Center Ginza in 2020

Published 16 Sep 2019 08:41 CET | Japan

Konami Digital Entertainment and the Konami Group will establish an esports complex within the 'Konami Creative Center Ginza' (KCC Ginza), which is under construction at its ...

PayPay launches m-payments app for Apple Watch

Published 16 Sep 2019 08:19 CET | Japan, World

M-payments platform PayPay, a joint venture of SoftBank and Yahoo Japan, has launched PayPay for Apple Watch. The service enables some of the PayPay app features on iPhone ...

NTT Docomo invests in Rafay Systems

Published 13 Sep 2019 11:11 CET | Japan

Japanese operator NTT Docomo, via its NTT Docomo Ventures unit, has invested in US-headquartered Rafay Systems. Rafay offers a lifecycle management system for containerized ...

Yahoo Japan to buy online retailer Zozo, outpace Rakuten, Amazon in sales volume

Published 13 Sep 2019 09:46 CET | Japan

SoftBank Group's subsidiary Yahoo Japan has announced it will launch a tender offer for the common shares of Japanese online fashion retailer Zozo. Yahoo Japan's board of ...

NTT Docomo invests in data wrangling company Trifacta

Published 13 Sep 2019 08:53 CET | Japan, United States

Japanese operator NTT Docomo, via its NTT Docomo Ventures unit, has invested in US-based data wrangling company Trifacta. No financial details related to the investment have ...

Japan, Norway come top in Tutela mobile experience test

Published 12 Sep 2019 13:17 CET | Japan, Norway, World

Japanese mobile users have the best overall quality of experience on their networks, while Korea's LG U+ offers the best experience among operators, according to a report ...

Intel to power Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Published 12 Sep 2019 10:48 CET | Japan

Intel has signed a technology partnership agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (Tokyo 2020) and ...

Fanuc, Fujitsu, NTT Com create Digital Utility Cloud for machine tool industry

Published 12 Sep 2019 08:15 CET | Japan, World

Fanuc, Fujitsu, and NTT Communications (NTT Com) have agreed to jointly develop a 'Digital Utility Cloud' platform. According to NTT Com, the Digital Utility Cloud aims to ...

Sky Perfect JSAT picks CommScope's STBs

Published 11 Sep 2019 12:06 CET | Japan

Japan's Sky Perfect JSAT chose CommScope to provide set-tops for its Sky PerfecTV! Premium Service. Sky Perfect JSAT is introducing CommScope's PT-SH700A HD set-top which ...

SoftBank to eliminate 2-year mobile service contracts in Japan

Published 11 Sep 2019 09:51 CET | Japan

SoftBank has announced that it will stop giving its mobile phone users 2-year contracts that offer discounts on monthly fees. Starting 13 September, SoftBank will begin ...

Docomo to launch 5G trials at manufacturing plants with Omron, Nokia

Published 10 Sep 2019 07:56 CET | Japan

Japanese operator NTT Docomo has teamed up with Omron and Nokia Solutions and Networks to jointly roll out trials of 5G mobile services inside factories. During the trials, ...

Rakuten Pay m-payment service to go live at 21,000 7-Eleven stores in Japan

Published 09 Sep 2019 09:57 CET | Japan

Rakuten Payment and Seven-Eleven Japan will introduce the Rakuten Pay smartphone app payment service to 7-Eleven convenience stores across Japan. Starting 1 October, ...

Rakuten Mobile taps Airspan for 5G mmWave, rural connectivity services

Published 06 Sep 2019 12:19 CET | Japan

Airspan Networks has partnered with Rakuten Mobile, a subsidiary of Japan-based Rakuten, to bring 5G mmWave and rural connectivity services for mobile customers on the local ...

Rakuten to launch mobileservice in October, open Free Supporter Programme

Published 06 Sep 2019 12:09 CET | Japan

Japan's Rakuten Mobile has announced it will launch its mobile operator service on the local market next month. The operator will open applications on 1 October for a "Free ...

SoftBank, Hakuhodo, Arm launch Incudata data services joint venture

Published 06 Sep 2019 11:43 CET | Japan

SoftBank, Hakuhodo and Arm have launched a joint venture company dubbed Incudata. According to SoftBank, Incudata will support companies with one-stop services so they can ...

PayPay launches utility bill payment services via barcode scanning

Published 06 Sep 2019 11:34 CET | Japan

M-payments platform PayPay, a joint venture of SoftBank and Yahoo Japan, has started providing 'PayPay Bill Payment Services'. Users can now pay utilities (by payment slips) ...

Apple to open largest store in Japan on 7 September

Published 05 Sep 2019 12:07 CET | Japan

Apple has announced it will open its largest store in Japan on 7 September. Located in the Marunouchi business district, the facility will be Apple's third store to open in ...

Rakuten Kobo unveils Kobo Libra H2O e-reader

Published 05 Sep 2019 11:57 CET | Japan, World

Rakuten Kobo released the Kobo Libra H2O, a lightweight, waterproof, 7-inch e-reader with a fresh, modern design. The Kobo Libra H2O is available in classic black and white, ...

Japan's NTT named official Major League Baseball partner in US

Published 05 Sep 2019 08:53 CET | Japan, United States

Major League Baseball (MLB) and NTT have signed a multi-year technology partnership. NTT is the first Japan-based IT company to be named an official MLB partner in the US. ...

Amazon updates Fire TV Cube, expands Fire smart TVs to Europe

Published 05 Sep 2019 08:50 CET | Europe, Japan, United States

Amazon.com announced a new generation of its Fire TV Cube as well as new Fire TV smart TVs. The TVs will be distributed in Europe for the first time, in partnership with ...

 

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