Categories
Mobile TV

eMobile – mobile disruption in Japan

On March 31, 2007 eMobile will start high-speed (3.6 Mbps, HSDPA) mobile data services in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, bringing disruption into the mobile data market in Japan.

While Willcom offers a flat data rate of YEN 9000 (US$ 77) per month for unlimited data transmission at 128kbps, eMobile will offer 30 times higher speed at about 1/2 the price:

3.6Mbps for PDAs, laptops and PCs for YEN 4980 (US$ 43, EURO 32) per month flat rate without any data limit (and n.b. no “fair use limit” as many European operators impose in the fine-print). …. and yes- you can probably also do wireless VOIP or Skype if you set this up yourself.

The established mobile operators (DoCoMo, KDDI/AU and SoftBank) do not offer any flat data rate to connecting PCs and laptops at this time.

eMobile offers the EM-ONE terminal:

  • data download at 3.6 Mbps (wCDMA-HSDPA)
  • wLAN (IEEE 802.11b/g)
  • Windows mobile 5.0
  • digital mobile TV = 1seg
  • 4.1inch VGA (800 x 480) LCD display by SHARP
  • camera (with QR-Code reader etc)

(By the way- did you ever wonder why new entrants love flat rates? it’s because telecom billing systems are so expensive and complex. Flat rates are one of many competitive weapons new entrants have over incumbents…)

eMobile went to market with a splash in Japan - the first terminal was an HSDPA / wLAN and mobileTV equipped pre-smartphone smartphone
eMobile went to market with a splash in Japan – the first terminal was an HSDPA / wLAN and mobileTV equipped pre-smartphone smartphone

Copyright·©2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

Categories
Mobile

DoCoMo speeds up 3G by 10 times

DoCoMo has upgraded radio networks to 3.6 Mbps in the Tokyo region, and NEC’s N902iX handsets will be released very shortly.

DoCoMo has upgraded 3G networks in the Tokyo region to 3.6 Mbps (data download) in the Tokyo region using HSDPA technology (HSDPA = High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), and will soon sell NEC’s N902iX handsets. HSDPA upgrades will come to the Kansai (Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe) region from autumn 2006.

DoCoMo announced that during 2007 the data uplink (sending data from mobile phones) will be upgraded to 1 to 2 Mbps, which is a substantial improvement to FOMA’s present 64 kbps upload speed.

DoCoMo/FOMA download speed: 3.6 Mbps (summer 2006 in the Tokyo region, Osaka/Kansai and other regions to follow)

DoCoMo/FOMA upload speed: 1 … 2 Mbps (from 2007)

NEC mobile phone handset N902iX for NTT docomo's  HSDPA network
NEC mobile phone handset N902iX for NTT docomo’s HSDPA network

Copyright·©2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

Categories
Mobile

e-Access and Lucent announce HSDPA tests in Japan

e-Access Chairman & CEO, Sachio Semmoto and Lucent Chairman & CEO Patricia Russo on March 30, 2005 in Tokyo, explained their joint tests of HSDPA services in Tokyo. e-Access is preparing to enter Japan’s mobile communications industry with the brand “e-Mobile”, and is currently conducting tests with Lucent and Fujitsu as equipment providers.

Former US Ambassador to Japan, Thomas Foley, presenting his wishes for the Lucent-eAccess cooperation:

US Ambassador Foley speaks a the conference announcing the cooperation between Fujitsu and Lucent to trial HSDPA network equipment for eMobile, while Lucent CEO Patricia Russo and eAccess/eMobile CEO Sachio Semmoto watch
US Ambassador Thomas Foley speaks a the conference announcing the cooperation between Fujitsu and Lucent to trial HSDPA network equipment for eMobile, while Lucent CEO Patricia Russo and eAccess/eMobile CEO Sachio Semmoto watch

Sachio Semmoto and Patricia Russo answering questions having presented their visions of new mobile services in Japan:

Lucent CEO Patricia Russo and eAccess/eMobile CEO Dr Sachio Semmoto at the conference announcing their joint network tests
Lucent CEO Patricia Russo and eAccess/eMobile CEO Dr Sachio Semmoto at the conference announcing their joint network tests

e-Mobile’s logo:

em = e-Mobile's interim logo (which was later changed)
em = e-Mobile’s interim logo (which was later changed)

Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·