According to reports coming out of the Japanese media it appears that the communications ministry is leaning towards granting new spectrum licenses to Acca Networks Co. and Willcom Inc. to the predictable surprise and disappointment of the four existing operators. In an apparent effort to encourage more competition the ministry plans to allocate frequency by this autumn and expects the new services using the 2.5-gigahertz frequency to start within three years after licenses are granted.
Yoshihide Suga, minister of internal affairs and communications, told a news conference Tuesday that he expects the new wireless services to be different from those provided by current cellphone carriers while vitalizing the market.
According to the article, Acca plans to provide their services based on the WiMAX standard and Willcom will use a next-generation PHS technology it claims to have developed. Continue>>