Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Rakuten plans PHS service – Japan

Rakuten, a leading online shopping mall operator in Japan, is planning to launch an inexpensive Personal Handyphone System (PHS) service in April. According to the company’s officials, the company will operate as an MVNO and will utilise the network capacity of Willcom, a company specialising in PHS services.

Initially, the company will provide the PHS service to corporate customers of Fusion Communications, a company providing Internet Protocol telephone services in the Rakuten group. Fusion Communications will lease PHS network capacity from Willcom and will enable free calls between Rakuten-provided PHS phones. After observing the service for corporate customers, the company will decide on the launch of the PHS service for individuals.

Rakuten, in a bid to expand its telecommunications business, acquired Fusion Communications from Tokyo Electric Power Co. in 2007.