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  • J-COM Launches Motorola-Made, Palm-Sized Wireless Terminal
  • February 9, 1999 (TOKYO) — J-COM Co., Ltd., a mobile communications service company funded by Nippon Motorola Ltd. and others, launched a palm-sized wireless terminal.
    The NEXNET 1000 mobile terminal is to be used with the NEXNET, a wireless communications service operated by J-COM and aimed at business users.

    The palm-sized terminal weighs only 150g, and the company said it is smaller and lighter than other existing products. It is expected to be sold at market prices. The terminal was developed by Motorola Inc. of the United States.

    Orix Corp., one of the companies funding J-COM, also is expected to provide the product on a leased basis. For example, for a six-year lease the monthly cost will be 1,327 yen (US$12). Until March 31 it will be 1,080 yen (US$10).

    NEXNET is a wireless communication service that uses the Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN), a digital communications technology developed by Motorola Inc.

    Since July 1998 J-COM has been providing services such as: (1) one-on-one communication with a specific partner, (2) simultaneous communications with users within a specific group, and (3) communications with regular fixed telephones as well as mobile phones. The current service area is metropolitan Tokyo and surrounding areas.

    The major features of NEXNET 1000 include a speaker phone that allows users to communicate without holding a receiver, text-based communications and voice mail. The terminal is not capable of data communications as is the DIGI-TALKIE, J-COM’s other terminal.

    J-COM also announced that it acquired the sole distributorship of Motorola’s NEXNET terminals in Japan. J-COM is expected to take over the role of supporting the existing distributors and to be in charge of deployment of sales promotion such as development of new distributors. The company will also take charge of sales activities by newly assigning about 70 sales representatives.

    Until now, NEXNET users have been mainly transportation companies. Because of this, its product lines are centered around considerably larger terminals that are loaded onto vehicles. J-COM hopes to broaden its user base to sales units and service units of general companies by introducing lightweight mobile terminals and by setting up a communications environment within buildings as well as by expanding service areas.

    Currently, NEXNET has about 40,000 registered users. J-COM reportedly aims to gain 75,000 new contract users.

    (BizTech News Dept.)



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