The Radio Regulatory Council of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) have made a recommendation to allocate the 2GHz spectrum to IPMobile Incorporated ("IPMobile"). With this decision, IPMobile will enter the mobile broadband market using TD-CDMA (also known as UMTS TDD), a 3rd generation IMT-2000 technology. By introducing TD-CDMA, as well as a new business model, IPMobile will create a "mobile data communications market" in Japan.
"We are very happy that our business plan and technology have won approval of the council. We are in a very responsible position to effectively utilize what is a precious resource of the Japanese people. We are strongly committed to introducing new value to the market, and realize what could be considered the 'renaissance of the internet'," said IPMobile President Itsuo Sugimura in response to today's Radio Regulatory Council's decision.
IPMobile expects to introduce data communications services in Japan's three major cities, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka, in October 2006, with nationwide coverage to follow by 2012. Upon initial launch in October 2006, IPMobile plans to offer a flat rate Mobile Broadband services with downlink speeds up to 5.2Mbps and uplink speeds up to 858Kpbs. Coverage will be planned according to regions where there is high demand of data communication services, and areas where there is low broadband penetration regions. The commercial rollout plan calls for 3,000 base stations to be deployed by year end 2007, 8,500 base stations by 2012.
IPMobile will provide an open business model based offering an MVNO option. The flexibility of IPMobile's MVNO model will activate the market, allowing new players to provide new and innovative services. Business partners will be able to provide their own wireless broadband service with various entry points, platforms, user equipment, and applications.