KDDI and Willcom in driving seat for WiMAX licences, paper says

14 Nov 2007

Two Japanese telecom consortiums, led by KDDI Corp and PHS operator Willcom Inc respectively, are in the driving seat to receive licences to operate next generation WiMAX wireless services, the Nikkei News reported Wednesday, without citing sources. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications is expected to announce its decision by mid-December. The business daily says that KDDI’s bid is likely to succeed on account of its business plan and the fact that it has been developing the technology longer than any of its rivals. The Willcom-led consortium is developing a service that will offer high-speed data transmission on its own proprietary technology, the report said. A consortium led by NTT DoCoMo and another led by Softbank Corp are also in the bidding.

Japan, KDDI (au)