Rakuten seeks license to become Japan's fourth major mobile carrier

Rakuten seeks license to become Japan's fourth major mobile carrier”

Japan's largest e-commerce company wants to shake up the country's wireless market. Rakuten is now a $14 billion internet giant that employs more than 14,000 people.

Like Amazon, its counterpart in the U.S., Rakuten is known for the internet shopping portals it has. Run by its billionaire founder, Hiroshi Mikitani, it also has a hand in a variety of other services, including video streaming, messaging apps and payment services. One of Japan's top wireless providers, SoftBank, is aggressively investing in internet and technology companies around the world.

Rakuten is attempting to move in the opposite direction.

Rakuten said in a press release that it will apply to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for frequency band allocation for the fourth generation mobile communications system (4G), and if approved, will launch this new business in 2019.

If successful in its bid for a 4G mobile license, Rakuten would become Japan's fourth wireless carrier and have to compete against NTT Docomo, SoftBank, and KDDI. "In Japan, the proportion of household spending taken up by telecommunication expenses is rising each year, and the reduction of the financial burden on consumers of mobile phones and other communications expenses is often cited to be a major social issue".

Investors seemed unsettled by the announcement.

Rakuten shares fell 3.2% in morning trade.

In its statement Thursday, Rakuten underscored the need to introduce competition in a market that was monopolised by existing players.

The Japanese government and other critics have repeatedly slammed the big three carriers over skyrocketing prices, pressing them to offer cheaper plans.

Rakuten believes it can be a difference maker if the central government made a decision to give it a part of the available 4G frequencies.

Rakuten already acts as an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator), renting network space from licence holders, and has over 1.4m customers, but having its own licence would represent a significant shift in business operations for the company.

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