KDDI to offer WiMax services with Intel, Kyocera


TOKYO — KDDI Corp., Japan’s second-biggest mobile-phone carrier, will ally with Intel Corp., Kyocera Corp., and East Japan Railway Co. to offer wireless Internet access services, pitting them against NTT DoCoMo Inc. KDDI, based in Tokyo, will own 32.26 percent of the new company, Wireless Broadband Planning K.K., the companies said in a joint statement today. Takashi Tanaka, a KDDI representative director, will run the new company, according to the statement.

The partnership comes after DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest mobile- phone company, last month said it will invest about 19 billion yen (US$165 million) in a unit of Internet provider Acca Networks Co. to jointly operate WiMax networks. The telecommunications ministry has stipulations that prevent third-generation network operators from independently applying for a license.