eAccess Announces 3G Trials
Broadband Internet provider eAccess announced at a press conference here Thursday that it will start W-CDMA experiments in late January in the 1.7-GHz spectrum by partnering with Fujitsu. eAccess President Sachio Senmoto appeared confident that Japan’s telecoms ministry will approve the company’s application to offer mobile services starting in 2006. The trials include performance testing of W-CDMA base stations and a speed evaluation of next-gen HSDPA (so-called Super 3G).
The company aims to make its fee structure simple and inexpensive and said it plans to offer customers price packages at about half the price of existing services by other mobile phone carriers. Press Release [in Japanese]