Japanese multiple service provider (MSO) Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) is launching a 160Mbps broadband internet service in western Japan under the banner High Grade. The new service more than eclipses the company’s existing premier offering in the region of 10Mbps and will be provided by five local J:COM companies – Cable West Osaka Central, Cable Television Kobe, Cablenet Kobe Ashiya, Hokusetsu Cable Net and J:COM Kansai. The MSO is introducing High Grade at J:COM Kansai next month, with launches at the other four units slated for September. J:COM also plans to extend the reach of the new ultra high speed service to Tokyo, Kyushu and Hokkaido, and next year plans to revamp its channel line-up to take advantage of the new connection speed. The company ended February with 2.63 million subscribers, up 22.3% year-on-year, and 1.16 million high speed internet users (+21.7%).