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  1. October 31, 2013

    SoftBank closes in on rival NTT as Japan’s most profitable telco

    SoftBank is closing in on rival NTT DoCoMo as Japan’s most profitable telecoms group, its latest quarterly results show – an...

  2. September 11, 2013

    DoCoMo iPhone move set to dial up competition

    NTT DoCoMo, the last iPhone holdout in Japan’s $200bn telecoms market, has caved in and joined the Apple party, setting the...

Special Reports

  1. Special Report: Investing in Japan 2013

    The government is stirring hopes that it will adopt bold measures to deregulate indust...
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  1. September 11, 2013

    China Mobile: who needs Apple?

    Pah! Who needs an iPhone, anyway? Another launch from Apple has passed without a deal for China Mobile to sell its handsets....

  2. September 10, 2013

    Apple pays a price for cost of new iPhone

    The launch of two new iPhones next week will help Apple reach a total of 700m iOS devices sold by next month, Tim Cook...

  3. July 3, 2013

    Japan’s NTT DoCoMo looks abroad for telecoms acquisitions

    NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest mobile phone company by subscribers, is weighing acquisitions overseas as it seeks to keep pace...

  4. May 9, 2013

    Dish and SoftBank trade blows over Sprint

    The billionaire telecoms moguls fighting for control of Sprint Nextel continued their public spat on Thursday, with Charlie...

  5. April 16, 2013

    Dish turns Sprint race into long haul test

    Charlie Ergen’s move to snatch Sprint Nextel from the grasp of Japan’s Masayoshi Son has set the stage for a potential...

  6. April 15, 2013

    UK speeds up signals on 5G introduction

    Just weeks after the end of the long delayed auction of 4G spectrum, British policy makers are already turning to plans for...

  7. April 3, 2013

    India benefits from Japan Inc shift

    As Indian finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram wraps up an investment promotion trip to Tokyo on Wednesday, he has...

  8. March 27, 2013

    Asian brands: Outsiders try to get a grip on high demands and local loyalty

    Until recently, Asian consumer brands were all but invisible in Japan, despite the rising popularity of Korean electronics...

  9. January 16, 2013

    Advertisers turn silver into gold

    An earnest, 20-something American woman leans into the camera, saying she made her parents sign up for Facebook accounts...

  10. October 29, 2012

    Tokyo stocks end flat on mixed data

    Tokyo stocks ended flat on Monday after a mixed bag of earnings, including a disappointing outlook from Honda and hopes of a...

  11. October 19, 2012

    Masayoshi Son, mobile’s gambler

    As a student at the University of California, Berkeley, Masayoshi Son decided to earn his own living expenses by inventing a...

  12. April 2, 2012

    Japanese exporters remain gloomy

    A weaker yen and soaring Japanese stock market have failed to dent Japanese exporters’ pessimism about their outlook and...

  13. February 2, 2012

    Indian court revokes 122 mobile licences

    India’s congested telecoms market is poised for shake-up after the 122 mobile telephone licences awarded in 2008 by...

  14. December 5, 2011

    Robotics: Androids close the gap with people

    Misunderstandings are a perennial problem in telephone conversations, as so much of normal communication is done through...

  15. beyondbrics

    October 26, 2011

    Philippine mobile: a two-horse race

    Those with fast fingers in the world’s texting capital now have a choice of just two mobile providers after Philippines’...

  16. August 8, 2011

    Schincariol bid raises questions for Japan Inc

    Schincariol is not Japan Inc’s first brush with tough acquisitions. Three years before Kirin, the Japanese beer group,...

  17. July 27, 2011

    Juniper shares tumble 20% on weak results

    Shares in Juniper Networks fell by more than 20 per cent in early trading after the US-based manufacturer of advanced...

  18. June 15, 2011

    English classes are the new goldrush

    In my first job, as an English teacher in the Greek port of Piraeus, I discovered the students had found the key to the...

  19. April 25, 2011

    Tokyo braces for hot sticky summer

    If Shintaro Ishihara has his way, people in Tokyo will lose a convenient way to cool off in the sweltering heat this summer....

  20. March 21, 2011

    India: Writing is on the wall

    Graffiti in New Delhi in the aftermath of the Commonwealth Games that the city hosted last year amid controversy....

  21. March 15, 2011

    Handling disasters and company websites

    How important is your website in an emergency? The Japanese earthquake has jolted me into looking at this again, though it...

  22. March 10, 2011

    Smartphone wake-up call for Japan

    Japan’s mobile phone market – one of the largest and most structurally unusual – is facing change as the rapid spread of...

  23. March 3, 2011

    Russian operators seal 4G network deal

    Four of Russia’s largest mobile telecoms operators have agreed a deal that will see them share the roll-out of a high-speed...

  24. February 13, 2011

    Network technology: Users will have to wait for the 4G revolution

    When Apple launched its 3G iPhone in 2008, few could have predicted the impact the device would have on the mobile phone...

  25. February 13, 2011

    Japanese equities rising in the fashion stakes

    After years of neglect, Japanese equities are trendy as investors expect they will reap the benefits as global inflation...

  26. December 19, 2010

    Telenor urges clean-up of India rules

    Telenor has warned India that its unpredictable regulatory environment risks deterring foreign investment after the...

  27. November 30, 2010

    Endangered species of phone makers forced to evolve

    To understand the danger posed to Japan’s mobile phone makers by the “Galápagos syndrome”, consider the fate of the land...

  28. November 19, 2010

    India vows action over licensing breaches

    India’s telecoms ministry said on Friday it would take punitive action against any telecom company that breached licensing...

  29. July 7, 2010

    DoCoMo platform to mimic Apple’s

    NTT DoCoMo is to launch an Apple-style application platform for its mass market “i-mode” mobile handsets, a move seen as a...

  30. June 12, 2010

    Fujitsu and Toshiba discuss handset units merger

    Fujitsu and Toshiba are negotiating to merge their mobile handset businesses, people familiar with the matter said yesterday...

  31. June 11, 2010

    Fujitsu and Toshiba in handset merger talks

    Fujitsu and Toshiba are negotiating to merge their mobile handset businesses, people familiar with the matter said on Friday...

  32. May 30, 2010

    Rival tablets ready to bite into iPad lead

    Supplies of the iPad have been limited but the low-priced rivals are expected to be plentiful The international launch of...

  33. May 18, 2010

    Japan leads way with coupons

    Consumers in Japan have used their mobile phones as shopping tools for the better part of a decade, and their experiences...

  34. May 17, 2010

    Mobiles deployed to entice shoppers

    Scanned: consumers are using quick response codes to look up information on potential purchases and get digital money-off...

  35. May 11, 2010

    Lombard Live: Everything going nowhere

    It’s five days since the election and Britain’s political parties haven’t even started to consider what possible coalitions...

  36. April 29, 2010

    Bharti profit falls as Indian mobile competition bites

    Bharti Airtel yesterday reported its first decline in net profit for three years, highlighting competition in the home...

  37. April 28, 2010

    Bharti profit falls as competition bites

    Bharti Airtel on Wednesday reported its first decline in net profit for three years, highlighting competition in the home...

  38. April 19, 2010

    Japanese share buy-backs set to rise

    Share buy-backs by Japanese companies could more than double this fiscal year from their lowest level in nearly a decade due...

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