The huge Japanese cell carrier NTT Docomo (DCM) is investing in a large WiMax deployment in that country. Japanese ADSL provider Acca Networks will be its partner. Docomo has a number of ways to push the new ultra-high-speed wireless format. It has a large customer base and and a number of channels to sell new handsets.
WiMax is the technology that Sprint (S) is in the midst of deploying in the US to offer consumers a fast alternative to the 3G technologies from AT&T (T) Wireless and Verizon Wireless. Sprint is in third place in the US and is gambling the the technology will allow it to leapfrog its rivals.
With Japan’s largest cell company adopting the tech, there must be some smiles at Sprint headquarters.
Douglas A. McIntyre