KDDI, Softbank oppose NTT discount bundle deregulation

17 Apr 2014

Japanese telecoms companies KDDI (au) and Softbank Corp have reiterated their opposition to a possible lift of the ban currently installed on Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) to offer a discount for bundled mobile and fibre-optic fixed line services, the Japan Times reports. The government has barred 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. The two operators voiced their concern at a meeting of the Information and Communications Council, allegedly pointing out that the deregulation would have a reverse effect on consumers, as it could allow NTT to regain control of the domestic wireless market, which is currently competitive. The Information and Communications Council is expected to submit its report on the topic in November 2014.