Japan’s second largest telecoms company KDDI Corp says it is teaming up with East Japan Railway Co (JR East) to offer fibre-based broadband services to customers using the latter’s cable network, as it looks to challenge the might of former monopoly NTT. KDDI has acquired the fibre business of Tokyo Electric Power Inc (TEPCO) and signed agreements with several cable TV operators to compete with the incumbent. According to Reuters, KDDI hopes to offer the new service to around 120,000 households using JR East cables installed in an area covering Tokyo and northern Japan. However, as JR East’s infrastructure is built alongside its railway tracks, additional investment will be required to connect to nearby homes and businesses. Once completed, KDDI plans to offer free TV services over its network bundled with a broadband internet connection for USD50.70 a month.