IIJ Mobile launches corporate MVNO venture

21 Feb 2008

Internet Initiative Japan’s (IIJ’s) new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) IIJ Mobile has launched commercially, initially targeting the corporate segment with data-based service packages. IIJ Mobile is using NTT DoCoMo’s 3G FOMA network and data communications terminals to provide the service, and is offering internet access with communication speeds of up to 3.6Mbps/384kbps (downlink/uplink). The parent company hopes to expand the MVNO’s product base over the coming months, including plans to offer closed network facilities and WAN-based mobile access for existing IIJ customers.

At launch IIJ Mobile is offering the service in three distinct service plans: fixed-rate plan (unrestricted network access), packet share plan (for multiple users with small data transmission requirements), and connection share plan (for users who do not use the network at the same time but have a high data requirement). The fixed-rate plan will cost JPY8,500 (USD78.7) per line, while the packet share plans and connection share plan are priced at JPY1,800 per line and JPY3,900, respectively. All plans include ISP fees.