Softbank Group provides mobile communications, fixed-line telecommunications and fixed-line broadband services. The company acquired Vodafone K.K., the third largest mobile service operator in Japan, in April 2006 for $15.3 billion. Softbank currently has more than 26 million fixed-line and mobile communications customers in Japan.
Motorola will be deploying five WiMax access points and 25 prototype WiMax mobile handheld devices, operating in the 2.5GHz spectrum. The trial will also showcase MIMO (multi-input, multi-output) capabilities of Motorola's WiMax solutions in supporting multi- antenna telecommunications systems as well as enabling greater data throughput and range.