Japan Approves 3.9G Network Plans

June 21, 2009 at 2:37 PM Leave a comment

According to multiple sources the Communications Ministry has approved business plans for 3.9G services submitted by four Japanese telecom operators; DoCoMo, KDDI, SoftBank Mobile and eMobile, with service roll-outs beginning in September 2010 through late 2012. The combined investments to build base stations, service equipment and related facilities for these new networks are forecast to top 1 Trillion JPY, or approx. $10 Billion, by 2014.

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Among the four, 3.9G services are forecast to attract around 36 million subscribers, with DoCoMo projecting 17.74 million 3.9G customers. DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank Mobile expect roughly 30% of their existing customers to switch to 3.9G services.

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