Softbank, DoCoMo join four others to battle for mobile TV rights

3 Dec 2010

The Nikkei business daily writes that NTT DoCoMo, Softbank Corp and four other companies are vying for rights to provide new broadcasting services for portable digital devices in the country. The paper writes that the six firms – the other participants being KDDI Corp, Nagase Brothers Inc, Gourmet Navigator Inc and an anonymous company – have informed the Ministry of Communications of their interest, which is currently formulating its blueprint for the services. With mobile TV services due to be launched in April 2012, the ministry is currently working to assess the number of service providers it will allow and the frequencies they will use once analogue TV broadcasts are switched off in July, the daily said. It is understood that Nagase is mulling plans to use mobile TV to offer a remote educational platform, while Gourmet Navigator may use the service to promote restaurants by allowing viewers to download discount coupons for establishments covered.

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