Willcom announces IP network upgrade plan

30 Nov 2007

Japanese Personal Handy-phone System (PHS) service provider Willcom, a subsidiary of Carlyle Group, Kyocera and KDDI, has announced plans to upgrade its copper network with an IP network capable of supporting data transmission rates of 800kbps, writes Telecompaper. Willcom was set up in 1994 to offer telephony services under the Pocket banner. In 2004 the Carlyle Group purchased a majority interest in the company from KDDI, renaming the unit Willcom in February 2005. At the end of October its subscriber base had grown to 4,622,400 users, up from 4,359,500 at the start of the year.