NTT to implement wireless integration plan to take on Softbank

22 May 2006

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) plans to take on rival operator Softbank in the WLAN market by giving its customers common access to more than 7,000 wireless base stations owned by four of its operating units – NTT Communications, NTT East, NTT West, and NTT DoCoMo – from March 2007. The subsidiaries currently run their respective operations separately, providing WLAN base stations for internet connection services at railway stations, airports, restaurants and other facilities. Softbank has some 3,500 base stations in the country, but NTT plans to commission a specialist firm to ensure that all its infrastructure can be used commonly by all its units’ respective customers. NTT Communications and NTT DoCoMo each have around 3,000 base stations, and NTT East and NTT West have a further 5,400.