KDDI to offer cheapest plan for large data amid gov't pressure

KDDI Corp. unveiled Wednesday the cheapest plan for 20-gigabyte data usage among major Japanese mobile carriers in a price-cutting competition fueled by government pressure to drastically lower fees. KDDI, the operator of the “au” brand, is launching in March a new service called “povo,” offering a 4G plan from that month and enabling the use of 5G technology from the summer, both for 2,480 yen ($24) a month. The price is 500 yen lower than the 2,980 yen that rivals NTT Docomo Inc. and SoftBank Corp. have set for their respective 20-gigabyte plans to be launched in March. For even larger data …

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