NTT says get your own networks

14 Jul 2005

Japanese cellco NTT DoCoMo has said that new entrants should be forced to build their own networks instead of relying on roaming access over rival’s networks and thereby operating as mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). Softbank, which is currently in the process of rolling out its own mobile network, has said that it plans to lease its network to MVNOs, saying that it wants to provide business opportunities to companies looking to enter the sector.

In a separate story, representatives at NTT DoCoMo and KDDI’s au Corporation have revealed that a new fuel cell technology to revive dead or dying mobile phone batteries will be launched in Japan in 2007. The operators hope that the technology will solve the problem of the short battery life of 3G handsets.