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New Company Incorporated to Bring Multi-channel, Multimedia Broadcasts to Mobile Users

21 May, 1998


Toshiba Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation
Fujitsu Limited
Nippon Television Network Corporation
Tokyo FM Broadcasting
Kenwood Corporation
Denso Corporation
Alpine Electronics, Inc.
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.

Tokyo-The nine founders of Japan's first enterprise to bring digital satellite broadcasts and value-added information services to mobile users today announced that their joint-venture, Mobile Broadcasting Corporation, will be formally incorporated on May 29, 1998. The new company will offer wide-ranging broadcast services that current communication- and broadcast-satellite based services cannot provide.

Once incorporated, Mobile Broadcasting Corporation will propose its system specifications to the Telecommunications Technology Council, the organization charged with establishing a standard for mobile broadcasting, and expects to obtain a broadcasting license in 1999. Infrastructure will be installed, and a satellite launched in 2000, in preparation for the start of nationwide digital broadcasts in 2001. Broadcasts, including high quality music and video and information services, will be on the 2.6GHz waveband. This bandwidth allows use of antennas much more compact than those typical of home systems, and enables signals to be received even in vehicles moving at high speed.

Four more companies will invest in Mobile Broadcasting Corporation by October this year, and its initial capitalization of 500 million will rise to 40 billion.

Company Profile
NameMobile Broadcasting Corporation
AddressGinza Toshiba Building, 7F, 5-2-1, Ginza, Chuo-ku
Tokyo, Japan
PresidentKensuke Fujimatsu (now Executive Vice President,
Toshiba Corporation)
Employee20 people, initially
Capitalization500 million, initially
Current holdingToshiba Corporation, 40.5%
Toyota Motor Corporation, 31%
Fujitsu Limited, 15%
Nippon Television Network Corporation, 7.5%
Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd.; Kenwood Corporation;
Denso Corporation; Alpine Electronics, Inc.;
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.: combined share of 6%
Future investorsJapan Satellite Systems, Inc.
Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Fujitsu Ten Limited
The Sakura Bank, Ltd.


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