Japan's total mobile infrastructure market skyrocketed 78 percent during 2012, thanks largely to a dedicated push by NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank to rollout LTE nationwide, according to a report from Infonetics.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo announced an LTE milestone and shared its network expansion plans, which include LTE deployment on new 700 MHz spectrum.
It's probably too early to start sounding Paul Revere alarms that 4K is coming, UltraHD is coming, batten down your networks, the big change is on the horizon. On the other hand, it's never too early to point to what could be the next disruptive technology that will send the service provider community into at least a modicum of, if not full-fledged, turmoil.
The next generation of HDTV--4K, or UltraHD--is beginning to take root in Japan even as the current generation saturates the U.S. market, setting up a potential dilemma for service providers with a huge installed base of set-top boxes that would need to be replaced in order to handle 4K content.
Equinix on Wednesday announced it would spend $43 million to build its fourth International Business Exchange (IBX) data center in Tokyo.
A shift away from Wi-Fi usage in leading LTE countries could cause some operators to question their plans to install Wi-Fi to offload their cellular networks, accepting that European subscribers might respond differently to LTE availability.
The availability of LTE service is prompting mobile customers to consume substantially more data, particularly among those who have large data plans, according to a new whitepaper.
Providers of fixed broadband in Japan are being forced to drop their prices in order to attract customers that are signing up for cheaper and more convenient mobile LTE services instead, according to an analyst.
Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) announced what it is calling the world's first Wi-Fi prototype for TV white space (TVWS) based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 802.11af draft specification.
Japan's Softbank is making a a $20.1 billion gamble in a wide-reaching effort to become an LTE powerhouse in the United States as well as its home county of Japan. The LTE ecosystem, in particular the TD-LTE ecosystem, could get a major boost via a deal allegedly negotiated between Softbank and Sprint Nextel under which Softbank will pay $20.1 billion for a 70 percent stake in the U.S. company.