Softbank to launch 100Mbps PHS mobile data service

29 Sep 2011

Japan’s Softbank Corp today announced plans to launch a ‘4G’ ultra-high speed wireless service using next generation personal handyphone system (PHS) technology on 1 November. The Nikkei business daily says the operator intends to invest approximately JPY100 billion (USD1.31 billion) to deploy the new infrastructure based on the AXGP standard – an advanced wireless platform that is TD-LTE compliant. Rolled out in urban areas in the first phase, the new AXGP service will be expanded to cover a minimum 90% of the population by the end of fiscal 2012, the Nikkei said. People signing up to the service will need to purchase a small terminal and pay around JPY4,000 per month for data access of up to 100Mbps – outpacing NTT DoCoMo’s current LTE offering, Xi. Announcing the plan at the launch of a range of 15 new handsets, including eleven smartphones, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son said: ‘High speed and smooth communication is what people want most in the next-generation of smartphones.’