KDDI, Willcom receive backing for WiMAX licences

21 Dec 2007

A Japanese government advisory panel has, as expected, endorsed the bids of domestic mobile operator KDDI Corp and PHS operator Willcom, for licences to offer wireless broadband internet access services in the country. The Radio Regulatory Council today announced that it backs the KDDI-led and Willcom bids which it considers have ‘faster and broader’ plans in place to deploy networks than those put forward by other applicants. Bloomberg writes that the KDDI bid, operating through a newly established company called Wireless Broadband Planning Inc in which it will hold a 32% stake, will invest JPY144 billion (USD1.27 billion) over six years to build a WiMAX network. The company expects the venture to generate revenue of about JPY145 billion in the year ending 31 March 2014. The other members of Wireless Broadband include Intel, Kyocera and East Japan Railway.

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