Pager Service to End in Japan after 50 Years

Economy

Tokyo, Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--Pagers will disappear from Japan 50 years after messaging services using the wireless communications devices started in the country.

On Monday, Tokyo Telemessage Inc., the only Japanese company to continue pager operations, said Monday that it will terminate the service at the end of September next year.

Amid the proliferation of mobile communications equipment such as cell phones, demand for pagers has dropped markedly, the company said.

In Japan, communications services using pagers were started in 1968 by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corp., the predecessor of NTT Corp. <9432>.

The number of users, mainly salespeople who made rounds outside of their offices, shot up as pagers became smaller and easier to carry.

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