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Yahoo Japan to acquire eAccess

Yahoo Japan has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn (US$3.17bn).

Web firm Yahoo’s Japanese subsidiary has announced its intent to acquire mobile operator eAccess from Softbank for Y324bn ($3.17bn).

Telstra expands cloud platform to US, Japan

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ollowing its EU and APAC expansion this summer, ICT and backbone network service provider Telstra Global announced Thursday that the company has expanded its cloud and “connected colocation” services to the US and Japan, and is in the process of upgrading existing facilities in Australia.

Social improvement must be focus for ICT says Japanese regulator

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The most important function of ICT for Japan in the future is its role in addressing social needs, according to Charley K. Watanabe, deputy director-general of the Information and Communications Bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). Watanabe, who was speaking at Ericsson’s Business Innovation Forum in Tokyo, pointed towards the requirements of Japan’s ageing population as well as the need to manage key resources with greater efficiency as two areas where ICT could be used to drive social improvements.

Executive adviser, KDDI, Japan: “Hetnets are a key technology to efficiently utilise spectrum resources”

Fumio Watanabe, executive adviser, KDDI & corporate officer CTO, UQ Communications, Japan

Fumio Watanabe, executive adviser, KDDI & corporate officer CTO, UQ Communications, Japan is delivering the opening keynote on Day One of the LTE Asia conference, taking place on the 18th-19th September 2013 at the Suntec, Singapore. Ahead of the show we get an insight into how KDDI compares to its rivals.

NEC pulls out of smartphone business

NEC will stop producing and selling smartphones

Japanese vendor NEC is ending its development, manufacture and sale of smartphones. However, it will continue providing maintenance and support services for its existing smartphones and continue developing and producing feature phones and tablet devices.

KT launches cloud offering

Softbank will market the service in Japan while KT will manage the datacentre

South Korean operator KT Corporation is launching a cloud computing offering in Japan this week, in conjunction with Softbank.The new offering, which will operate on a datacentre in Korea, exploits a growing market for overseas storage in Japan, where an increasing number of enterprises have, since the devastating earthquake in 2011, looked to neighbouring South Korea for the opportunity to minimise their data storage risk.

Director, radio access network development, NTT Docomo: “Improvements in backhaul will be essential to meet the requirements of the future”

Takehiro Nakamura, director of radio access network development for NTT Docomo, Japan

Takehiro Nakamura, director of radio access network development for NTT Docomo, Japan is speaking in ‘The Future of LTE’ track on Day Two of the LTE World Summit, the premier 4G event for the telecoms industry, taking place on the 24th-26th June 2013, at the Amsterdam RAI, Netherlands. Ahead of the show we learn about how NTT Docomo is taking a lead in the development of LTE, with many of its home-grown technologies forming part of the latest 3GPP LTE standards.

NTT Docomo calls on NSN and Panasonic for LTE-A network

Japan's NTT Docomo has selected vendors Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Panasonic to develop its LTE-A network architecture

Japanese operator NTT Docomo has selected vendors Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Panasonic to develop its next generation LTE-A network architecture. In one of the earliest roll out of the technology, the two vendors will provide the operator with base stations that are optimised for LTE Advanced.

Softbank sells stake in newly-acquired eAccess

Japan's Softbank has sold a portion of eAccess to a group of 11 companies

Japanese operator Softbank is selling a portion of its recently acquired subsidiary eAccess to 11 third party firms including infrastructure vendors Ericsson, NSN, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung. Softbank said that the move would allow the subsidiary to maintain a degree of independence, which it believes will allow eAccess’ continued expansion.

Softbank’s Sprint bid a risky investment

Softbank will acquire 70 per cent in US operator Sprint, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval

Japanese carrier Softbank’s bid to acquire a 70 per cent stake in US operator Sprint is an audacious deal that could transform or hobble the companies depending on how it plays out. For Softbank it is a huge bet that it’s better to invest $20bn in the third-largest US mobile operator rather than its home market of Japan where it is the third-largest mobile operator behind NTT DoCoMo and KDDI.

Softbank to acquire 70 per cent in Sprint

Softbank will acquire 70 per cent in US operator Sprint, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval

Japanese carrier Softbank has announced its intention to acquire a 70 per cent stake in US operator Sprint. Softbank will invest $20.1bn into Sprint; $12.1bn of which will be paid to its shareholders and $8bn will be used as new capital.

SVP, service infrastructure, NTT: “To provide network quality bandwidth control is required”

Yukio Ito, senior vice president, service infrastructure, NTT Communications

Yukio Ito, senior vice president, service infrastructure, NTT Communications is giving a keynote speech on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16-18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the show we catch up with him to speak about the major hot topics and future plans for NTT Communications.

Fastest Asian submarine cable open for business

The cable carries traffic at a blistering 40Gbps

Asia’s fastest submarine cable link opened for business this week, carrying traffic at a blistering 40Gbps between Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines with an additional link to Hong Kong to be added in December.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

NTT Docomo, NEC and Fujitsu team up to develop LTE smartphone chipsets

Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop smartphone chips. The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic.

Japan’s KDDI rolls out 3G and 4G SON

KDDI launches iSON network in Japan

Japanese operator KDDI has deployed what it claims to be the “world’s first self operating 3G and 4G mobile network”. The operator chose Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to deliver the system. The operator has deployed an intelligent Self Organising Network (iSON) solution which uses NSN’s advanced NetAct Operations Support System (OSS).

Russia escapes broadband crunch as others falter

Russia has bucked the trend

While many markets around the world have seen lower than expected growth over the past three years in terms of broadband adoption, Russia has bucked the trend by posting big growth figures, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

Softbank teams with Ericsson for LTE network in Japan

Ericsson is building Softbank's LTE network in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya

Japanese operator Softbank Mobile has selected Ericsson to build its LTE network. Ericsson will upgrade, expand and perform systems integration of Softbank’s existing packet core network to evolved packet core, for its largest LTE contract in Japan.

Foxconn buys 11 per cent stake in Japanese LCD panel-maker Sharp

The all-IP network will help Bouygues launch rich media services

Foxconn buys 11 per cent stake in Japanese LCD panel-maker Sharp

Telstra expands into Singapore and Japan

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Australian operator Telstra has secured new operating licences in Singapore and Japan, allowing the firm to extend its reach in Asia. The company will deliver services directly to customers in both markets, rather than teaming up with local partners, as its newly acquired licences allow the carrier to own infrastructure facilities in each of the countries.

Can Hulu crack Japan’s crowded online video market?

IPTV was found to have shown "exceptional" growth rates

The announcement on Aug. 10 that US online-video site Hulu
was planning to make its first foray into Asia Pacific with the launch of
services in Japan did not come as a particularly big surprise, considering that
Hulu had never made a secret of its international ambitions.

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