Japan to reduce spectrum usage fees

19 Jul 2013

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has opened a public consultation on the revision of spectrum usage fees for the 2014/17 fiscal period. The government has issued a draft document outlining the proposed changes, under which wireless service operators could be regarded as public service providers, thus nearly halving their telecoms-related fees. The ministry believes that the reduction would also contribute to the promotion of new wireless technologies, such as machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and smart meters. Interested parties are invited to register their participation in the public consulation by 24 July 2013, while the consultation itself taking place on 26 July 2013 at the Central Government Office.