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ò Softbank Corp. announced that it will invest 250 billion yen $2.1 billion this fiscal year with the aim of increasing the number of base stations for its 3G services from 20,000 to 30,000. Softbank, which is expected to complete the acquisition of Vodafone KK by the end of this month, also plans to introduce handsets designed for Internet use this year. Reports show that the Japanese unit of Vodafone Group has fallen behind rivals NTT DoCoMo and KDDI in 3G services and development of competitive cell-phone models. Vodafone KK's capital spending amounted to 215 billion yen US$1.8 billion in fiscal 2005, which means that Softbank's outlays for...
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