Mobile VoIP services to hit Japan

14 Oct 2005

The Japanese government plans to introduce voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology for mobile phones by 2007, enabling customers to connect to the internet to talk over the handsets at cheaper rates. Under the proposed service, users will be able to connect their cellphones to the internet at ‘hot spots’ using Wi-Fi wireless access. The proposal is currently being discussed by a ministry panel of experts and telecommunications officials which is set to reach a decision by the end of the year. The VoIP mobile phones are expected to relay information at up to 15 Mbps; 3G phones currently available in the country transmit data at 384Kbps.