communications services had been provided only by Nippon Telegraph and
Telephone Public Corporation. In 1985, the Telecommunications Business
Law (TBL) was executed, the public corporation was privatized, and,
since then, this law has been creating competitive wireline
communications market. Starting providing telecommunications service is
definitely getting easier than before, but there still exist many
issues to win the market. The TBL is basically governing
telecommunications service, but its framework is different from other
Our work for wireline communications usually starts with
specific issues including TBL licensing, inter-connection, unbundling,
etc. We sometimes discuss how the TBL is not applied to some
mobile communications businesses are flourishing. The Mobile
communications market is more or less dominated by three careers, NTT,
KDDI and Softbank, but regulatory framework of unbundling has
been well developed and there are many new players in the market as
mobile virtual network operators. For mobile communications businesses,
understanding the Radio Law is getting important, in addition to the
Telecommunications Business Law.
Our work for mobile communications usually starts with explaining the current market structure and regulatory framework.
communications, whether public or private, are usually not seen
easily. Once disaster occurs, people can recognize how important role
such safety communications played. Japan is a country historically with
many disasters and, for specific areas like ship, airplane, public
services, safety communications are supporting our usual life every
day. Constantly some innovations are introduced into safety
communications as well and regulations are revised accordingly.
work usually starts with an idea of introducing new services or
functions. We would like safety communications players to have an idea
of providing new services, rather than of maintaining current services.
Miscellaneous Wireless Services
communications, fixed wireless communication, radar, etc. are rather
minor wireless services. At the same time, there are some specific
services and functions that only these communications can provide. For
example, can you imagine how researchers stationing in an antarctic
base communicate with its headquarters?
Our work usually
starts with explaining relevant regulations applicable to such wireless
services. New entrants are few and so we would like to encourage
entrepreneurs and innovative companies to enter this market.
services are now getting essential to people's life. In this situation,
some services have caused, intentionally or unintentionally, troubles
and the necessity of consumer protections are getting higher as well.
Examples are children's overuse of social game, use of mobile terminals
for so-called organizational ore-ore swindling, etc. New regulatory
rules, guidelines and measures are becoming set up in this field and
communications providers need to put a higher emphasis on consumer
Our work usually starts with an ongoing trouble more or
less publicly already known and includes shooting the trouble and
discuss how the same trouble does not happen again. Actually, constant
preparation toward consumer protections is important and so we prefer
being consulted before an issue becomes a trouble.