Nokia to launch Japanese WLAN service

25 Jun 2008

Finnish handset maker Nokia has revealed plans to launch a wireless LAN service in Japan this week in a bid to raise its profile in a market dominated by domestic handset manufacturers. Reuters reports the world’s largest mobile phone maker will initially be offering WLAN services to Nokia users at Softbank Mobile, the country’s third biggest cellco by subscribers. Softbank customers taking the bolt-on service will have to pay an additional JPY840 (USD7.78) per month. Nokia currently has less than one percent of a Japanese handset market monopolised by the likes of Sharp Corp, Matsushita Electric Industrial and NEC Corp.

Japan, Nokia