May 23, 2012 / 7:20 AM / 6 years ago

Japan's NTT Docomo applies for 700 MHz license

TOKYO (Reuters) - NTT Docomo Inc said on Wednesday it plans to apply for a license to upgrade its base stations to tap the 700 megahertz spectrum for high-speed mobile services, as it races with smaller rivals to attract smartphone users.

The cost of migration to support a network for 3.9-generation phones could cost as much as 150 billion yen ($1.9 billion), it said.

Japan’s Communications Ministry allocated the coveted 900 MHz spectrum in February to smaller rival Softbank Corp, which supplies Apple Inc’s iPhone in Japan along with KDDI Corp. ($1 = 79.9100 Japanese yen)

Reporting by Mayumi Negishi; Editing by Michael Watson

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