A Wireless Wall Falls in Japan

The country has opened mobile networks to competition by requiring them to rent out bandwidth. Consumers will benefit, but will the telcos?

The halls of Kasumigaseki—Tokyo's Capitol Hill—are the last place you would expect to find the movers and shakers of Japan's telecom sector. But that's where the action was on June 21, when the government announced new guidelines that dramatically will throw open the country's wireless networks to competition.

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