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KDDI announces Talby mobile phone designed by Marc Newson

KDDI – au Design Series mobile phones (today: iida brand)

Marc Newson designed Talby phone and user interface for KDDI / au

On 13 October 2004, KDDI/AU announced “talby”, the third phone in their “AU design series”. Volume sales start in December 2004. We expect that “talby” will be similarly successful as “infobar” one year ago.

“talby” is a fully featured 3G phone with camera (640×480 pixel), QVGA display, EZappli/BREW, Chaku-uta, email, EZweb, PIM, GPS/EZnaviwalk,…

Marc Newson for KDDI-AU design series: talby by Marc Newson
KDDI-AU design series: talby by Marc Newson

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NTT to invest US$ 45 Billion over 6 years

NTT investments to defend NTT against challengers KDDI and Softbank

KDDI and SoftBank challenging NTT’s dominating position in Japan’s telecom sector

Softbank is rapidly becoming the third universal telco in Japan, targeting NTT’s most important income streams. KDDI of course is also targeting NTT’s fixed line income.

NTT plans to intensify its defensive battle

On November 2, 2004, NTT announced plans to compete: NTT will invest 5 Chou YEN (YEN 5000 Billion = US$ 45 Billion) over 6 years (2005-2010), i.e. about US$ 7.5 Billion/year. 60% of this investment will be for optical IP networks. NTT plans to build about 30 million FTTH lines.

NTT fibre to the home (FTTH) contracts
NTT fibre to the home (FTTH) contracts

read more here in our report on Japan’s telecom sector…

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Update on Prepaid Phones in Japan

Prepaid mobile phones are a huge business in Europe.

In Japan prepaid mobile phone numbers are tiny, and NTT’s new CEO just announced that NTT-DoCoMo is planning to stop offering prepaid mobile phones altogether.

Find detailed statistics and market shares per operator for Japan’s prepaid market in our report on Japan’s telecommunications sector.

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