Willcom to go it alone on 2.5GHz licence application

18 Sep 2007

Japan’s leading PHS operator Willcom says it plans to go it alone when it bids for a licence in the government’s upcoming sale of spectrum in the 2.5GHz band. Although mobile rivals such as NTT DoCoMo and KDDI are teaming up with the likes of ADSL provider ACCA Networks and Kyocera respectively, Willcom plans not to ally with anyone as it looks to implement its plan to offer high speed PHS services. On 10 September, the government began accepting applications for licences to use the 2.5GHz bandwidth for next generation, high speed data communications services. A maximum two bidding groups will be granted licences by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, which will accept applications until the 12 October deadline, and select companies by the end of the year. At the end of August 2007 Willcom had a subscriber base of 4,645,200 users.