Japanese telecoms regulator to order unlocking of all handsets

1 Jul 2014

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) is reportedly planning to impose obligations on the country’s cellcos to unlock their handsets, in order to allow subscribers to use SIM cards from other networks. According to the Japan Times, the watchdog is set to present the plan to a panel on 7 July 2014, and map out the procedure details by the end of the fiscal year (ending 31 March 2015). Previously, the MIC formulated guidelines for removing SIM locks in 2010, but little progress was made, as the unlocking procedure was not deemed obligatory.