Japan to request that mobile carriers publish standard leasing fees

19 May 2008

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is expected to ask the country’s mobile operators – NTT DoCoMo, KDDI, Softbank Mobile, eMobile and Willcom – to publish their leasing fees for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), in an effort to stimulate the number of new entrants entering the market. Reuters writes that high build costs for base stations has deterred several would-be entrants from entering the fray, but that the MIC hopes that a move to bring prices and other details out into the open would make it simpler for MVNOs to negotiate leasing terms.

Japan, KDDI (au), NTT DOCOMO, SoftBank Corp