Japanese cellcos ink SMS interconnect deal

15 Jun 2011

The Japan Times reports that on 1 June, domestic mobile operators NTT DoCoMo, KDDI Corp, SoftBank Mobile and eAccess (eMobile) published a joint press release, announcing that from 13 July their SMS services will be interconnected. The agreement, first announced in September 2009, means that all mobile users in Japan will be able to send and receive text messages to numbers on other networks – something that has been impossible until now. Although SMS has been a popular feature in most markets around the globe for many years, in Japan it is more usual to send emails directly from a mobile phone. As such, carriers have capitalised on the popularity of mobile email and built applications directly into their handsets.

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