KDDI may partner with Poweredcom/TEPCO

Poweredcom has doubled investments in FTTH to YEN 44 Billion (US$ 0.4 Billion) for FY 2005/2006 from YEN 22 Billion in FY 2204/2005. (For details and analysis of Japan’s FTTH market read our report on Japan’s telecom sector).

Partnership with KDDI‘s triple-play leverages Poweredcom’s present and future FTTH investments.

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KDDI absorbs TuKa

KDDI absorbs TuKa - adds 3.5 million subscribers. KDDI likely to switch off TuKa's legacy 2G/PDC network and move subscribers over to AU.

KDDI – Japan’s second largest telecom operator – streamlines the group

KDDI’s AU with TuKa acquires 3.5 million additional subscribers

KDDI announced to absorb the three TuKa companies into AU: with the stroke of a pen, AU will be stronger by 3.5 million subscribers.

The three TuKa companies managed a successful turnround by focusing on the silver market. We think that KDDI will probably switch off TuKa’s 2G PDC network quite soon, as they have done with their own 2G/PDC network.

TuKa had managed a successful turn-round recently, so it will not be a financial load on AU. KDDI will gain efficiency and economies of scale by concentrating all mobile services under the single AU brand with a single CDMA2000 network.

Learn about KDDI and AU, Japan’s No. 2 telecom operator

Report on “KDDI, AU and UQ Communications: pioneers of mobile music and flat data rates, analysis report” (approx 200 pages, pdf file)
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Wireless Japan 2005 Show (July 13-15, 2005 in Tokyo)

Wireless Japan 2005 six years into the wireless internet revolution, which started 1999 with i-Mode in Japan.

Six years into the wireless internet revolution which started February 1999 in Japan

Docomo’s and KDDI’s latest wireless innovation, concept mobile phones, mobile payments

Wireless Japan 2005 marks six years of mobile internet in Japan, which started February 1999 in Tokyo. Now in the sixth year, wireless internet, i-Mode and EZweb and J-Sky are maturing, mobile payment solutions are being introduced.

Some highlights:

  • VOIP – 3G
  • fixed line – wLAN integration
  • first push-to-talk (PTT) appearance in Japan – will PTT arrive in Japan?
  • KDDI joined DoCoMo’s mobile FeliCa camp, and demos first EZ-FeliCa handsets and mobile SUICA
  • new 3G-entrant e-Mobile shows it’s flag
  • PHS-carrier Willcom from strength to strength
  • Vodafone again absent – focuses on turn-round

Wireless Japan 2005: Mobile FeliCa wallet phones and mobile payment

KDDI has timed it’s entry to DoCoMo’s mobile FeliCa camp to coincide with the time, when the railway nearfield payment card SUICA with 10 million users will join the mobile FeliCa system. KDDI demonstrated the first EZ-FeliCa phones:

EZ-Felica: RFID payments for KDDI's AU mobile phones
EZ-Felica: RFID payments for KDDI’s AU mobile phones

DoCoMo is expanding the penetration for mobile FeliCa, demonstrating “TownPocket”: TownPocket is a FeliCa terminal, where users can link their phones via the FeliCa reader/writer interface to pick up local information. Possibilities are to bookmark automatically the URL of a shop or a sightseeing spot, or to send or receive an email with local information.

“TownPocket”: information terminals linking RFID equipped phones to local area information
EZ-FeliCa: RFID mobile payment gates for KDD-AU mobile phones
EZ-FeliCa: RFID mobile payment gates for KDD-AU mobile phones
Townpocket RFID check-in point
Townpocket RFID check-in point

Popularity of DoCoMo’s 901iS series accelerates DoCoMo’s transition to 3G.

3G phones by Fujitsu: F3091iS
3G phones by Fujitsu: F3091iS

Fuel cells for mobile phones

With mobile phones quickly becoming pocket sized music centers in competition to iPod’s but in much larger numbers, battery life is a problem. Fuel cells give hope for longer life till the next recharge. As you can see in the picture, the prototype fuel cells are still too large for daily use:

Fuel cells for KDDI phones: fuel cell demonstrations for mobile phones have been demonstrated for many years at trade shows in Japan, but they have not made it to the market yet
Fuel cells for KDDI phones: fuel cell demonstrations for mobile phones have been demonstrated for many years at trade shows in Japan, but they have not made it to the market yet

Hitachi shows a prototype future generation phone with:

  • ultra-3G
  • digital terrestrial TV tuner
  • hard disk
  • fuel cell

also shown is the recharge for the fuel-cell:

Hitachi prototype: fuel cell powered mobile phone
Hitachi prototype: fuel cell powered mobile phone

Concept multimedia phones

Futuristic concept phones are a tradition at the Wireless Japan show. The following images show multi-media concept phones:

Concept phone models
Concept phone models

This flask-stile multimedia presenter shows images on flake-like suspended displays. Presentation of particular images helps to create the mood of the moment:

Concepts
Concepts

Media phone:

Concept phone
Concept phone

Digital rights management (DRM) concept study. Digital rights are sold in the style of wrapped sweets, and can be played or eaten. Dropping a digital-right-sweet into the receptacle plays the music or the video corresponding to this right. The sweets/DRMs can be eaten up after their value has been used up:

Digital Rights Management (DRM) concepts
Digital Rights Management (DRM) concepts

e-Mobile

e-Mobile is preparing for it’s debut in Japan’s mobile phone market, most likely from 2006 or 2007. While new mobile entrant Softbank was not at the Wireless Japan show, e-Mobile had a massive prototype and concept presentation.

First presentations by new market entrant
First presentations by new market entrant “em” eMobile
First presentation by new entrant eMobile
First presentation by new entrant eMobile “em”
New entrant eMobile
New entrant eMobile

e-Mobile showed a range of concepts for the services being developed with partners Fujitsu and Lucent. Good phones and solid concepts, but nothing surprising yet at this stage.

KDDI

KDDI had a very large impressive show of AU’s range of mobile phones, business software applications, it’s range of mobile portals including comics, books, auctions, music and shopping, and EZ-FelIca’s debut as shown higher up. An attraction was a robot display, the robot is controled via blue-tooth by mobile phone:

KDDI demonstration: mobile phone as a remote control for robots
KDDI demonstration: mobile phone as a remote control for robots
KDDI presents mobile phones as controllers for robots
KDDI presents mobile phones as controllers for robots
Mobile phones control robots
Mobile phones control robots
Mobile phones control robots
Mobile phones control robots

We have substantial documentation about the Wireless Japan 2005 exhibition, and most other year’s Wireless Japan exhibitions. If you need information or documentation for prior art or other investigations, please contact us.

Learn more: report on Japan’s telecom sector (269 pages, pdf file):
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QR codes everywhere

QR codes are everywhere in Tokyo – they have become probably one of the most important input tools for mobile phones…

QR codes for mobile phones and smart phones all over Tokyo - here in Shinjuku
QR codes for mobile phones and smart phones all over Tokyo – here in Shinjuku

We published our brand-new QR code report today

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