KDDI continues impressive growth

Japan's No. 2 carrier KDDI continued its impressive growth. The carrier's net income net income rose 1.8 percent to ¥52.6 billion, up from ¥51.7 billion a year ago. Sales, however, dipped 0.8 percent to ¥714.3 billion. Net income from KDDI's main "au" mobile business grew 17 percent to ¥54.6 billion from a year ago. Sales of the unit rose 10 percent to ¥539.5 billion. KDDI has emerged as the 3G leader in Japan. KDDI claimed 18.7 million 3G subscribers at the end of last month, beating NTT DoCoMo's 13.7 million 3G subscribers. KDDI today also said it will combine its three Tu-ka units.

KDDI today also revealed its plans for its CDMA2000 EV-DO Rev. A network deployment. Instead of branding its new services as EV-DO, KDDI is using the term Ultra 3G to describe both EV-DO and other advanced data services.

For more on KDDI's latest numbers and 3G plans:
- see this story from AP and this press release