Japanese government to lift NTT discount bundle ban?

11 Feb 2014

Japanese telecoms regulator the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is reportedly planning to allow Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) to offer a discount for bundled mobile and fibre-optic fixed line services, the Global Post reports. According to unnamed sources, the government has banned mobile unit NTT DOCOMO from providing such discounts due to fears that it could lead to a monopoly situation; rivals KDDI and Softbank are not subject to such regulation.

Previously, NTT DOCOMO requested that the government lift the ban, but rivals KDDI and Softbank reportedly opposed the move. An expert panel is expected to start discussing the matter imminently, along with additional deregulation in the telecoms industry. The panel will aim to compile an action plan in November this year, before submitting an amendment to the Telecommunications Business Law in 2015.