Vodafone KK has seen a glimmer of hope in the Japanese mobile market, after starting the year with falling sales and customer numbers. The cellco has started to see a turnaround, reporting its first rise in subscribers for five months in May. The cellco has increased investment in Japan by 50% to GBP1.3 billion (USD2.3 billion), and is introducing a range of new 2G and 3G handsets. CEO Arun Sarin, however, has sounded a vote of caution, saying that the cellco may not see any significant results until the end of the year.
In a separate story, Vodafone KK, NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Tu-Ka are in the process of developing a device which will enable users to use their mobile phones in underground shopping centres and other ‘blind spots’ with poor reception.