NTT DoCoMo to Kill Off Its 2G Network
NTT DoCoMo announced that it will be turning off its second-generation cellular network by the year 2012. As of December 2008, 88% of DoCoMo's subscribers were using only 3G services. The remaining 12% will be offered incentives to upgrade before the March 31, 2012 cut off date.
Google Makes LTE Patents Available Through Via Licensing
Via Licensing today said that Google has added its LTE patents to its broader pool of LTE patents. Via Licensing collects wireless patents from a broad range of companies with the intent of licensing them at fair and reasonable rates.
US Cellular Coverage Reaches Google's Project Fi
Google has updated its Project Fi app in order to take advantage of cellular coverage offered by U.S. Cellular.
AT&T Kicks Off VoLTE Roaming in Japan
AT&T today said customers can access VoLTE services when traveling to Japan. Specifically, the carrier has struck a VoLTE roaming agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest carrier.
SoftBank Looking to Raise $18B with Wireless Unit IPO
SoftBank Group, the parent company of Sprint, is weighing whether or not to offer shares in its own Japan-based wireless company. Under the direction of CEO Masayoshi Sun, SoftBank has transformed itself in recent years into an investor in technology companies.
Die 2G Die!