Mobile VoIP Being Readied in Japan

15 Oct ’05 reports that Japan is readying a new network for 2007 that would allow mobile VoIP:

Although details, including the kind of mobile VoIP technology, are not yet decided, several carriers are expected to apply for licenses to offer mobile VoIP services, which are likely to be cheaper than talking on cell phones today, she said.

The Internet Protocol mobile phones are expected to relay information at up to 15 megabits per second — more than a thousand times faster than the fastest third-generation cell phones now available in Japan at 384 kilobits per second.

After the first blush of enthusiasm over the past few months – as these stories have percolated up – it’s getting difficult to imagine this finding its way to Canada in any manner that would increase telecomm competition. I hope I’m wrong, but I’m beginning to see this as a pipe-dream for our tightly-controlled, oligopoly-dominated market.

Via Michael Geist’s BNA’s Internet Law News.

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