Rakuten to Delay Start of Full Mobile Service by 6 Months

Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)--Rakuten Inc. <4755> is expected to push back the start of its full mobile services in Japan by six months until spring 2020 due to a delay in constructing base stations, informed sources said Friday.

Rakuten Mobile Inc., a unit of the Japanese e-commerce company, initially planned to start the full service in October. Starting next month, it will offer free services to 5,000 customers, the sources said.

Hiroshi Mikitani, Rakuten's chairman and chief executive officer, will announce details Friday afternoon, the sources said.

Due to difficulty in securing necessary land, Rakuten Mobile has faced a delay in its base station construction plans.

The company initially planned to set up a total of 3,432 base stations mainly in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya by the end of March next year.

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