Tuesday, 3 February 2009

SoftBank set to partner with eMobile for wireless data services – Japan

According to The Yomiuri Shimbun, SoftBank Mobile is in the final stages of negotiations with eMobile for the launch of wireless data communications services in Japan. According to sources close to the development, if the deal goes through, SoftBank plans to introduce a flat-rate system for the services, utilising eMobile’s network. The new service is expected to launch during Q209.

Post agreement, both the companies will also be better positioned to compete with their bigger competitors such as NTT DoCoMo and KDDI. SoftBank also plans to increase data-transmission speeds and will offer the service for approximately JPY 4,980 (USD 55.58), one of the lowest rates in the Japanese mobile market.