eMobile inks broadband backhaul deal with RAD Data

6 Sep 2007

Japanese mobile start-up eMobile has selected broadband technologies developer RAD Data Communications to supply it with ACE-3000 cell-site gateways for mobile broadband backhaul capability on its HSDPA ‘EM Mobile Broadband’ service. eMobile, which launched its commercial 3.5G operation on 31 March 2007, is offering subscribers access via PCs and laptops at a maximum download speed of 3.6Mbps (388kbps uplink).

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database writes that Japan’s third largest ISP eAccess won a domestic mobile licence in November 2005 and immediately announced plans to roll out its wireless services through its wholly owned unit eMobile in competition with the big three network operators and other new entrant IPMobile. In April 2006 eMobile said it planned to raise JPY42 billion (USD359 million) from issuing new shares to help fund network rollout, adding that it had also secured a JPY220 billion credit line from banks — thought to be the largest non-recourse project-finance loan in Japan. eAccess signed a 3G roaming deal with DoCoMo in October 2006 allowing it to launch a nationwide mobile service, before its own network rollout is complete.

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