Ministry panel starts talks on cuts to mobile phone tariffs
Japan Times -- Oct 11
A study group at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications held its first meeting Wednesday, where it discussed ways to spur industry competition with the aim of lowering mobile phone fees in the nation.

The group intends to discuss a possible review of fees paid by low-cost smartphone service providers to major mobile phone carriers in order to lease their networks.

It will also study the creation of a system to monitor mobile phone rates on an ongoing basis.

The group plans to compile an interim report in February next year by working with a special committee at the ministry that is considering better competition rules for the entire telecommunications industry.

The mobile phone market in Japan has been criticized for lacking competition, Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Masatoshi Ishida said at the day’s meeting, calling on members of the study group to conduct their discussions from the standpoint of mobile phone users.

10日、国は携帯電話料金の引き下げに向けた研究会を開催しました。議題の一つが大手キャリアと格安業者の間で通信速度に差があるとされる「速度差別」についてです。本当に存在するのでしょうか。 過熱するスマホ市場。菅官房長官の「4割安く」発言。
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