Willcom to launch data service over DoCoMo’s network

2 Dec 2008

Japanese personal handy-phone system (PHS) service provider Willcom intends to launch a data communications service in the spring of 2009, by piggybacking on NTT DoCoMo’s 3G mobile network, Kyodo News reports without citing its sources. With the demand for wireless data communications on the rise in Japan, Willcom is looking to increase its customer base by gaining access to DoCoMO’s FOMA network via an MVNO agreement. Although its PHS-based data service currently allows for unlimited internet access for JPY4,000 (USD42.27) a month, the operator is mindful that its technology is limited to a maximum speed of 800kbps, making the sending of images and large files very difficult. According to the Telecommunications Carrier Association, Willcom had about 4.56 million subscribers as of the end of October.