Softbank Mobile Corp on Wednesday launched services on its new 900MHz platinum band specific base station plan to cope with the dramatic increase of traffic, enhance coverage and build a robust disaster-proof communication network.
Softbank said the platinum band will enable more efficient and wider coverage compared to the existing band. The base station plan incorporates the installation of approximately 16,000 base stations in fiscal 2012, to be expanded up to 41,000 by fiscal 2016, providing 99.9% population coverage.
Currently, 900MHz compatible handsets are iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPad 2 (by Apple), etc, and these will be able to utilize the 900MHz communication service. The PANTONE 4 105SH (by SHARP), as well as all of the new handset models being launched this summer, are expected to be 900MHz compatible.
In accordance with the SoftBank Network Enhancement Initiative announced in March 2010, the number of base stations has surpassed 180,000 nationwide. Softbank said it has been making every possible effort to enhance network coverage, including installing SOFTBANK Wi-Fi Spots at 240,000 locations nationwide, in order to improve its data communication service.© Japan Today/Softbank