SoftBank targets US$21b mobile IPO

Japanese conglomerate SoftBank plans to raise US$21 billion for its mobile telecommunications unit, making it the world’s biggest IPO since Alibaba in 2014.

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DEEPCORE teams up with NVIDIA to boost AI startups

Tokyo-based startup incubator DEEPCORE is partnering NVIDIA to support AI startups and promote university research programmes across Japan.

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Softbank invests US$4b in NVIDIA

SoftBank Group has taken a US$4 billion stake in NVIDIA, according to Bloomberg.

This dovetails nicely with SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son’s aim to become the biggest investor in technology over the next decade.

NVIDIA’s stocks tripled last year and is surging again this year. The chipmaker is banking on driving the artificial intelligence (AI) trend with its powerful graphics processing units (GPUs).

ZTE opens 5G R&D centre in Japan

ZTEZTE has opened a new research and development (R&D) center in Tokyo to focus on the development of 5G and other next-generation network technologies.

The new R&D centre will support ZTE’s partnerships with operators and academic institutions in Japan on the deployment of ZTE’s proprietary pre-5G technology and ongoing research on 4G and 5G mobile communications. This is ZTE’s 20th R&D centre in Asia, North America and Europe.

In July, ZTE signed a memorandum of understanding with SoftBank Corp to collaborate on R&D on pre-5G mobile communications networks technology. Under the MOU, ZTE and SoftBank agreed to cooperate on R&D, evaluation and verification of mobile communications solutions based on ZTE’s pre-5G technology, including massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output).

ZTE announces two new 4G mobile routers for Japan

Pocket WiFi SoftBank 203Z
Pocket WiFi SoftBank 203Z

ZTE has introduced two new 4G mobile routers with data download speeds of 110 Megabits per second for users in Japan.

The ZTE Pocket WiFi SoftBank 203Z and Pocket WiFi (GL09P) 4G routers, which are made available by major Japanese operators SoftBank and eAccess respectively, are powered by Qualcomm’s new Gobi chipset, supporting LTE Advanced and carrier aggregation technology.

The new ZTE mobile routers offer multi-network compatibility, supporting three network types – AXGP, FDD-LTE and W-CDMA. Both support simultaneous connections by as many as 14 users, and are equipped with an 5,000 mAh high-capacity battery, allowing 900 hours of standby time and 14 hours of continuous use.

 

ZTE sells 1m mobile phones for children in Japan

ZTE pink phoneZTE has sold more than one million of its series of mobile phones for children in Japan by end 2012.

Customised for primary school students, these phones operate on the basis of a buzzer where children can enter phone numbers in advance and press the centre button to dial and send messages showing their location. This simple functionality makes the handsets suitable for a variety of age groups from children to the elderly.

The first ZTE mobile phone for children— 005Z — was well received following its release in Japan in March 2011 in collaboration with Japanese carrier SoftBank. In April 2012, ZTE launched the 101Z series, which offered a simpler user experience.

As a part of its growth strategy for the Japanese market, ZTE plans to launch a series of high-end mobile devices, in addition to the current handsets. ZTE is now the 4th biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world according to IDC.