Japan Communications to launch by July, sources say

21 Apr 2008

Japanese wireless start-up Japan Communications could launch a mobile service using internet protocol (IP) phones as early as July, according to sources familiar with the situation. Last month, CommsUpdate reported that the newcomer had submitted a request to the country’s largest cellular network operator, NTT DoCoMo, asking to interconnect its own infrastructure with the mobile giant’s 3G FOMA network as part of a plan to launch data services in the summer. At the time Japan Communications said it hoped to begin offering data services to corporate users between July and September, and that it would offer a fixed fee service model at launch, which would be offered through a range of smart phones. Japan Communications hopes to attract new users to the fledgling service by undercutting the tariffs currently charged by its rivals.