Softbank To Stop Further Development Of Japan-Made Mobile Technology And To Take Chinese 4G Standard?

Softbank, a Japanese telecom and media company who will take over the next-generation PHS service called XGP[J] from the service’s predecessor Willcom in corporate reorganization proceedings, is reportedly considering to adopt China Mobile‘s TD-LTE standard instead for the service in Japan, several Japanese news sources reported.

If Softbank adopts TD-LTE, Softbank’s subscribers in Japan and China Mobile’s subscribers will be able to use the next-generation high-speed data service both in the two countries.

Some people say, Softbank’s adopting TD-LTE means to stop further development of Japan-made XGP technology.  In order to complete the turnaround, they’ll be forced to persuade Japan’s telecom authority who have issued a radio license for the development.

China Mobile plans test operation of TD-LTE service in three cities in Mainland China in six months from now, and in association with China Mobile, Motorola and Huawei, Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology will also run the test service at the site of Shanghai Expo 2010 which starts this weekend.

Meanwhile, Softbank announced consolidated financial results for the month ended March 31, 2010, and it tells us the company’s operating profit has exceeded for the first time that of KDDI who used to be second ranked in Japanese mobile industry.   The new subscriptions of iPhone and other Smartphones highly contributed to the results, Softbank’s CEO Masayoshi Son says.

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Masaru IKEDA has co-founded several system integration companies and consulting firms in Tokyo. He has been contributing serial columns to nationwide newspapers and IT periodicals, also he's currently serving as tech consultant for several web companies. His biography is here. His private blog is here.