It’s no secret that Asia is far ahead of the United States when it comes to mobile media. So it’s no surprise that Asia is now thinking of making inroads in the U.S. mobile space–and that all their prior experience will likely serve them well.
As BusinessWeek reports, on November 30, Google confirmed it will file an application with the Federal Communications Commission to bid in January’s auction of some very valuable wireless spectrum. “Google is trying to acquire spectrum now. Maybe they will be looking for a partner” for their network, Masaki Yoshikawa, NTT DoCoMo USA’s president, told BusinessWeek.com, stressing that no talks have been held by the companies. “Perhaps we can be involved in the process.”
China and Korean companies are also scoping out the field in the U.S. So why is this news? At a glance, the mobile market here, at least in terms of data services, seems stagnant. But the answer may lie in mobile Internet access and data services, according to the report.
“We have more opportunity in terms of data [services] growth than any other developed country,” said Gene Frantz, a partner at Texas Pacific Group, in the article. That company, along with another private equity firm, purchased No. 5 U.S. wireless carrier Alltel for $27.5 billion in November, so they’re no strangers to the U.S. telecom market either. And with the success of (some) recent mobile media initiatives, not to mention the media-focused iPhone, it’s no surprise that other countries want in while it’s still early.
Asia’s U.S. Wireless Foray [BusinessWeek]