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SoftBank
SoftBank
Group Corp. (ソフトバンクグループ株式会社, Sofutobanku Gurūpu Kabushiki-gaisha)[4] is a Japanese multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company wholly owns Softbank
Softbank
Corp., Softbank
Softbank
Vision Fund, Arm Holdings, Fortress Investment
Investment
Group, Boston Dynamics, and also owns stakes in Sprint (ca.85%), Alibaba (29.5%), Yahoo Japan
Japan
(42%), Bright Star (87.1%), Uber
Uber
(15%), Didi Chuxing
Didi Chuxing
(ca.20%), Ola (ca.30%), Grab (ca.60%), Renren
Renren
(42.9%), InMobi
InMobi
(45%), Hike (25.8%), Snapdeal (ca.30%), Brain, Fanatics (ca.22%), Flipkart
Flipkart
(ca.20%), Guardant Health, Improbable Worlds (ca.50%), Mapbox, Nauto, Nvidia
Nvidia
(ca.5%), One97 Communications (ca.20%), Oravel Stays (42%), OSIsoft, PingAn Heath Cloud (7.41%), Plenty United, Roviant Sciences, Slack Technologies (ca.5%), Vir Biotechnology, WeWork
WeWork
(ca.22%), Zhongan Online P&C Insurance (5%), Compass (ca.22%), Auto1 (ca.20%), Wag (45%), Katerra (ca.28%), Packet. The company is known for its vision and leadership by founder Masayoshi Son.[5] It now owns operations in broadband; fixed-line telecommunications; e-commerce; internet; technology services; finance; media and marketing; semiconductor design; and other businesses. SoftBank
SoftBank
was ranked in the Forbes Global 2000 list as the 38th largest public company in the world,[6] and the 4th largest public company in Japan
Japan
after Toyota, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial, NTT.[citation needed]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Founding and early years 1.2 2015–2016 1.3 2017-2018

2 Business units 3 SoftBank
SoftBank
Corp.

3.1 J-PHONE 3.2 Vodafone 3.3 SoftBank
SoftBank
Mobile 3.4 Technology 3.5 Timeline 3.6 Gallery

4 Marketing

4.1 Sponsorship

5 Baby bonus 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] Founding and early years[edit] SoftBank
SoftBank
bought COMDEX from The Interface Group on April 1,1995 for $800 million, and ZDI on February 29, 1996.[7][8] SoftBank
SoftBank
sold COMDEX to Key3Media, a spin-off of Ziff Davis, in 2001.[citation needed] In 2000, SoftBank
SoftBank
made its most successful investment ever – $20 million to a then fledgling Chinese Internet
Internet
venture Alibaba.[9] This investment turned into $60 billion when Alibaba went public in September 2014.[10][11]

SoftBank
SoftBank
store in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan

On January 28, 2005, SoftBank
SoftBank
became the owner of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, a Nippon Professional Baseball
Nippon Professional Baseball
team. On March 17, 2006, SoftBank
SoftBank
announced its agreement to buy Vodafone
Vodafone
Japan, giving it a stake in Japan's $78 billion mobile market. In April 2006, they bought a 23% stake of Betfair, an Internet
Internet
betting exchange. In August 2006, SoftBank
SoftBank
sold all its shares of SBI Group
SBI Group
to a subsidiary of SBI's holding company, making SBI independent. On October 1, 2006, Vodafone Japan
Japan
changed its corporate name, mobile phone brand name, and its mobile phone domain name to SoftBank
SoftBank
Mobile, SoftBank, and [mb.softbank.jp], respectively.[12] On January 28, 2008, it was announced that SoftBank
SoftBank
and Tiffany & Co. collaborated in making a limited 10 model-only cellphone. This cellphone contains more than 400 platinum diamonds, totaling more than 20 carats. The cost is said to be more than 100,000,000 yen.[13] On February 3, 2010, SoftBank
SoftBank
acquired 13.7% in Ustream
Ustream
with the option to increase shares to 30% by July 2011.[14] On October 1, 2010, Ayumi Hamasaki
Ayumi Hamasaki
became the commercial spokesperson.[15] On October 3, 2012, the take over of competitor eAccess was announced, and was completed in January 2013.[16] On July 1, 2013, SoftBank announced that Willcom
Willcom
became a wholly owned subsidiary effective July 1, 2013, after termination of rehabilitation proceedings. eAccess was merged with Willcom, which resulted in a new subsidiary and brand from Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Japan, Ymobile
Ymobile
Corporation.

Merchandise drinking mug featuring "Otosan", the SoftBank
SoftBank
mascot

On October 15, 2012, SoftBank
SoftBank
announced plans to take control of American Sprint Nextel by purchasing a 70% stake for $20 billion.[17] On July 6, 2013, the United States
United States
Federal Communications Commission approved SoftBank’s acquisition of the Sprint Corporation
Sprint Corporation
for $22.2 billion for a 78% ownership interest in Sprint. The acquisition involved payment of $17.2 billion in cash to Sprint shareholders, with the balance $5 billion as capital contribution. The transaction was financed by way of cash and a bridge loan from a consortium of banks.[18] On August 6, 2013, SoftBank
SoftBank
bought 2% more shares of Sprint Corporation, increasing its ownership stake in the company to 80%.

SoftBank
SoftBank
store in Sendai, with decorations for the Tanabata

In October 2013, SoftBank
SoftBank
acquired 51% stake in Supercell for a reported $2.1 billion. Later on October 25, 2014, they invested $210 million in OlaCabs,[19] $627 million in Snapdeal
Snapdeal
with 30% stake in the company on October 28, 2014, and a $100 million investment in Housing.com with 30% stake in the company in November 2014.[20] In 2014, SoftBank
SoftBank
co-designed Pepper, a humanoid robot, with Aldebaran Robotics. 2015–2016[edit] In 2015, SoftBank
SoftBank
acquired DramaFever.[21] In May 2015, Masayoshi Son said he would appoint Nikesh Arora, a former Google
Google
executive, as Representative Director and President of SoftBank. Arora has been heading SoftBank's investment arm.[22] On June 1, 2015, SoftBank acquired additional 22.7% stake in Supercell, increasing its total stake to 73.2% and becoming the sole external shareholder of the company.[citation needed] In June 2015, SoftBank
SoftBank
announced it would invest US$1 billion in the Korean e-commerce website Coupang as part of its overseas expansion plans.[23] In July 2015, SoftBank
SoftBank
announced the renaming of the company from SoftBank
SoftBank
Corp. to SoftBank
SoftBank
Group Corp. Meanwhile, SoftBank Mobile
SoftBank Mobile
was renamed to SoftBank
SoftBank
Corp., the now former name of the company as a whole.[24] On February 16, 2016, SoftBank
SoftBank
announced they would repurchase a record 14.2% of shares, valued at $4.4bn, in order to boost investor confidence.[25] On March 31, 2016, they announced they would sell shares worth $7.9 billion of their stake in Alibaba Group. On June 21, 2016, SoftBank
SoftBank
sold its 84% stake in Supercell for reported US$7.3 billion to Tencent.[26] On June 3, 2016, Softbank agreed to sell most of its stake in GungHo Online Entertainment (approximately 23.47%) for about $685 million, which would thus end Softbank's majority ownership of the company, resulting in Gungho no longer being an associate of Softbank.[27][28][29] The offer was accepted by Gungho and completed by June 22, thus allowing Gungho to become an independent company.[30][31] In June 2016, Nikesh Arora
Nikesh Arora
stepped down as president of SoftBank amidst pressure from investors. Board member Ron Fisher and Baer Capital Partners founder Alok Sama stepped in to manage Arora's overseas investment duties.[32] Just a month later,[33] Son announced the company's largest deal ever to buy British chip designer ARM Holdings for more than US$32 billion.[34][35] This acquisition was completed on September 5, 2016.[36] On December 6, 2016, after meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump, chief executive Masayoshi Son
Masayoshi Son
announced SoftBank
SoftBank
will be investing US$50 billion in the United States
United States
toward businesses creating 50,000 new US jobs.[37][38][39] 2017-2018[edit] On January 30, 2017, the Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
wrote that SoftBank
SoftBank
Group was "weighing an investment of well over $1 billion in shared-office space company WeWork
WeWork
Cos., in what could be among the first deals from its new $100 billion technology fund."[40] On March 20th SoftBank bought a $300m stake in WeWork.[41] On February 14, 2017, SoftBank Group agreed to buy Fortress Investment
Investment
Group LLC for $3.3 billion.[33] In February 2017, it was announced that Social Finance Inc. was close to raising $500 million from an investor group led by Silver Lake, and also including Softbank.[42] On March 28, 2017, the Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
reported that SoftBank
SoftBank
Group Corporation had approached Didi Chuxing
Didi Chuxing
Technology Co. about investing $6 billion to help the ride-hailing firm expand in self-driving car technologies," with the bulk of the money to come from SoftBank's planned $100 billion Vision Fund.[43] On May 18, 2017, it was reported that Softbank
Softbank
had completed its single largest investment in India
India
to date, investing $1.4 billion in Paytm. At the time, Softbank
Softbank
was also working on a takeover of Flipkart's Snapdeal.[44] On August 10, 2017, Softbank
Softbank
invested $2.5 billion into Flipkart.[citation needed] On 8 June 2017, Alphabet Inc. announced the sale of Boston Dynamics
Boston Dynamics
to Japan's SoftBank
SoftBank
Group for an undisclosed sum. On November 14, 2017, Softbank
Softbank
finally agreed to invest $10 billion into Uber.[45] On December 29, 2017, it was reported that SoftBank-led consortium of investors had secured a $9 billion investment into Uber. The deal, to close in January 2018, will leave SoftBank
SoftBank
as Uber's biggest shareholder, with a 15 percent stake.[46] The deal was secured after Uber
Uber
shareholders voted to "sell their shares to the Japanese conglomerate at a discounted price." Beyond SoftBank, consortium members included Dragoneer, Tencent, TPG and Sequoia.[47] On 14 January 2018, Softbank's Vision Fund announced to invest $560 million in the German used-car sales portal Auto1.[48] On 1, March 2018, Softbank's Vision Fund lead a $535 million investment in DoorDash. [49] Business units[edit] SoftBank's corporate profile includes various other companies such as Japanese broadband company SoftBank
SoftBank
BB, data center company IDC Frontier, gaming company GungHo Online Entertainment, and the publishing company SB Creative. SBI Group
SBI Group
is a Japanese financial services company that began in 1999, as a branch of SoftBank.[50] Ymobile Corporation
Ymobile Corporation
is another telecommunications subsidiary of SoftBank, established in 2014. In 2010, SoftBank
SoftBank
founded Wireless City Planning (WCP), a subsidiary that will see the development of TD-LTE networks throughout Japan.[51] SoftBank
SoftBank
also operate SoftBank
SoftBank
Capital, a US-based venture capital company. The COMDEX expo in the US was owned by SoftBank
SoftBank
from 1995 to 2001. Since 2005, SoftBank
SoftBank
also owns the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
professional baseball team. SoftBank
SoftBank
also operates in the eco-power industry through its SB Energy subsidiary. Additionally, it has various partnerships in Japanese subsidiaries of foreign companies such as Yahoo!
Yahoo!
(which has resulted in Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Japan), E-Trade, Ustream.tv, EF Education First
EF Education First
and Morningstar. It also has stakes in Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group
and Sprint Corporation.[41] SoftBank
SoftBank
Corp.[edit] SoftBank
SoftBank
Corp. (ソフトバンク株式会社, Sofutobanku Kabushikigaisha) is SoftBank's telecommunications subsidiary, providing both mobile and fixed-line services. It was previously called SoftBank Mobile
SoftBank Mobile
until July 2015, with the Group's merger of SoftBank
SoftBank
BB Corp., SoftBank Telecom
SoftBank Telecom
Corp. and Ymobile Corporation
Ymobile Corporation
to reflect its new status of providing fixed-line and ISP operations.[52] J-PHONE[edit]

J-PHONE store in Nagoya
Nagoya
in 2003

The company was founded in 1981, as the mobile phone division of Japan Telecom under the name Digital Phone (デジタルホン). J-PHONE Co., Ltd. (J-フォン) was formed in 1999, by the merging of Digital Phone Group (DPG, three local companies) and Digital TU-KA Group (DTG, six local companies, not to be confused with TU-KA). Japan
Japan
Telecom owned a stake of 45.1%. J-PHONE grew steadily for a decade by continuously introducing new services and enhancements such as SkyWalker for PDC, SkyMelody ringtone download, the famous Sha-Mail picture mail introduced on the basis of camera phones developed by SHARP, the mobile multimedia data service J-Sky modeled after NTT DoCoMo's i-mode, and advanced Java services based on JSCL, modeled after NTT DoCoMo's DoJa based i-appli. Vodafone[edit] In October 2001, the British mobile phone group Vodafone
Vodafone
increased its share to 66.7% of Japan
Japan
Telecom and 69.7% of J-Phone. On October 1, 2003, the name of the company and the service brand was officially changed to Vodafone, with the division called Vodafone
Vodafone
K.K. or Vodafone
Vodafone
Japan. The growth and success of the company during this period is due in large part to then president Bill Morrow.[53] However, in January 2005, Vodafone
Vodafone
Japan
Japan
lost 58,700 customers and in February 2005 lost 53,200 customers, while competitors NTT DoCoMo gained 184,400 customers, au by KDDI
KDDI
gained 163,700, and Willcom gained 35,000. While as of February 2005, DoCoMo's FOMA
FOMA
3G service had attracted 10 million subscribers and KDDI's 3G service had attracted over 17 million subscribers, Vodafone's 3G service only attracted 527,300 subscribers. Vodafone
Vodafone
3G failed to attract subscribers because Vodafone
Vodafone
cut back investments in 3G services in Japan
Japan
in 2002/3; handsets did not fully match needs and preferences of Japanese customers. At the end of February 2005, Vodafone
Vodafone
Japan
Japan
had 15.1 million customers, and by end of October 2005, the number of subscribers had fallen by 103,100 to 14.996 million, while during the same period NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo
had gained 1.65 million customers and KDDI/AU had gained 1.82 million customers. At the end of October 2005, NTT DoCoMo had 17.6 million 3G customers, KDDI/AU had 19.8 million 3G customers, and Vodafone- Japan
Japan
had 1.9 million 3G customers, i.e. Vodafone- Japan
Japan
gained about 4.8% of Japan's 3G market. Vodafone
Vodafone
changed the name of its multimedia data services from J-Sky to Vodafone
Vodafone
live!, and used J-Sky's principles and technologies and business models to introduce the WAP-based Vodafone
Vodafone
live! in Vodafone's other markets. Thus Vodafone
Vodafone
live! has its origin in J-Phone's J-Sky. At the end of February 2005, Vodafone
Vodafone
live! had 12.907 million subscribers in Japan. By end of October 2005 the number of Vodafone
Vodafone
live! subscribers had fallen by 138,000 to 12,769,600. In March 2006, Vodafone
Vodafone
began discussing the sale of the Vodafone Japan
Japan
unit to SoftBank. Vodafone
Vodafone
was unable to satisfy customers, as Japanese users tend to have preferences not seen in other markets. Handsets had user interfaces that differed too much from the Japanese interface, and did not have as many features as competing companies. This led to the loss of more customers and Vodafone's decision that the market was no longer profitable. SoftBank
SoftBank
Mobile[edit]

Television broadcast on a 2007 Sharp phone on SoftBank

SoftBank
SoftBank
Wi-Fi display with the company's mascot, indicating a place where Wi-Fi can be used

On March 17, 2006, Vodafone
Vodafone
Group announced it had agreed to sell its holding of Vodafone
Vodafone
Japan
Japan
( Vodafone
Vodafone
K.K.) to SoftBank
SoftBank
for about 1.75 trillion Japanese yen
Japanese yen
(approximately US$15.1 billion). On April 14, 2006, SoftBank
SoftBank
and Vodafone
Vodafone
K. K. jointly announced, that the name of the company will be changed to a "new, easy-to-understand and familiar" company name and brand. It was announced in a press conference on May 18, 2006, that the new name would be "SoftBank Mobile Corp.", effective October 1, 2006. SoftBank
SoftBank
started the rebranding around June 14, 2006. On June 4, 2008, SoftBank Mobile
SoftBank Mobile
announced partnership with Apple and brought the iPhone (3G) to Japan
Japan
later in 2008.[54] SoftBank
SoftBank
Mobile was the only official carrier of the iPhone in Japan
Japan
until the release of iPhone 4S in 2011 when it became available on au by KDDI
KDDI
as well.[55] Technology[edit] SoftBank
SoftBank
Corp.'s mobile network operates W-CDMA
W-CDMA
( UMTS
UMTS
3G) network (" SoftBank
SoftBank
3G"). SoftBank's 3G network is compatible with UMTS
UMTS
and supports transparent global roaming for existing UMTS
UMTS
subscribers from other countries. SoftBank
SoftBank
4G uses TD-LTE
TD-LTE
/ LTE. SoftBank
SoftBank
offers 4G speeds of more than 110 Mbit/s. SoftBank
SoftBank
Wi-Fi Spots are available almost everywhere in Japan. Timeline[edit]

Vodafone
Vodafone
store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo

A SoftBank
SoftBank
mobile cell tower in Nakatsugawa, Gifu

1984-10: JAPAN TELECOM was founded. 1986-08: JAPAN TELECOM launches leased circuit services. 1986-12: RAILWAY TELECOMMUNICATION established. 1989-05: RAILWAY TELECOMMUNICATION merges with JAPAN TELECOM. 1991-07: Tokyo
Tokyo
Digital Phone established. 1994-04: J-Phone starts PDC cellular service in the 1.5  GHz band, 10  MHz
MHz
bandwidth. 1997-11: J-Phone launches SkyWalker SMS service designed by Aldiscon and Ericsson for PDC 1998-11: J-Phone launches SkyMelody ringtone download service 1999-12: J-Phone launches J-Sky wireless Internet
Internet
service ten months after NTT DoCoMo's i-mode, which was launched in February 1999. 2000-11: J-Phone launches Sha-Mail (写メール) picture messaging service using the world's first camera phones developed by SHARP 2001-06: J-Phone launches Java service with JSCL
JSCL
library 2002-12: J-Phone launches W-CDMA
W-CDMA
3G service for the first time 2002-08: Company name was changed to JAPAN TELECOM HOLDINGS.The fixed-line telecommunications business was also separated to found a new JAPAN TELECOM. 2003-10: J-Phone company name is changed to Vodafone
Vodafone
K.K., and J-Sky name is changed to Vodafone
Vodafone
live!. Vodafone
Vodafone
launches a Japan-nationwide Beckham campaign 2003-12: Company name was changed to Vodafone
Vodafone
Holdings K.K. 2004-10: Vodafone
Vodafone
K.K. merges with Vodafone
Vodafone
Holdings K.K. and company name is changed to Vodafone
Vodafone
K.K. 2004-10: Vodafone
Vodafone
relaunches the 3G services in Japan
Japan
a second time offering mobile phone handsets designed primarily for the European markets 2005 summer: Vodafone
Vodafone
changes management and relaunches 3G services in Japan
Japan
a third time 2006-03-17: Vodafone
Vodafone
officially announced it had agreed to sell Vodafone
Vodafone
Japan
Japan
( Vodafone
Vodafone
KK) to SoftBank
SoftBank
for a total of 1.75 trillion Japanese yen
Japanese yen
(approx US$15.1 billion) in one of the largest M&A transactions in Japan
Japan
to date 2006-04-14: SoftBank
SoftBank
and Vodafone
Vodafone
K. K. jointly announced, that the name of the company will be changed to a "new, easy-to-understand and familiar" company name and brand. Masayoshi Son
Masayoshi Son
became CEO and Representative Director of Vodafone
Vodafone
K. K. 2006-05-01: Headquarters moved from Atago Hills to Shiodome to integrate operations with other SoftBank
SoftBank
group companies. 2006-05-18: SoftBank
SoftBank
announced that the name of the company will be changed to " SoftBank Mobile
SoftBank Mobile
Corp." effective October 1, 2006 2006-06-16: SoftBank
SoftBank
started rebranding "Vodafone" to "SoftBank." 2006-10-01: Vodafone
Vodafone
Japan
Japan
company name is changed to " SoftBank
SoftBank
Mobile Corp." 2008-06-02: SoftBank Mobile
SoftBank Mobile
releases iPhone in Japan
Japan
beating NTT DoCoMo. 2008-12-09: SoftBank Mobile
SoftBank Mobile
joins Open Handset Alliance.[56] 2009-05-15: SoftBank Mobile
SoftBank Mobile
joins TransferJet Consortium [1]. 2010: Softbank
Softbank
purchased 100% of the PHS mobile operator Willcom. 2012-05-29: SoftBank Mobile
SoftBank Mobile
unveils the Pantone 5 107SH, a mobile phone with a built-in geiger counter.[57]

Gallery[edit]

SoftBank
SoftBank
821SH PG

SoftBank
SoftBank
001P by Lumix

SoftBank
SoftBank
A202F by ARROWS

SoftBank
SoftBank
930CA by EXLIM

SoftBank
SoftBank
003SH

Vodafone
Vodafone
803T by Toshiba

J-PHONE J-SH07 by Sharp (2001)

An evolution of J-PHONE and Vodafone
Vodafone
cell phones, 1997–2004

A SoftBank
SoftBank
USIM card

View of Taitō, Tokyo, with a large Vodafone
Vodafone
sign in the background (2004)

Mobile Blazer (2008)

Marketing[edit] Since May 2006, SoftBank's marketing and commercials have principally revolved around "Otosan sujan karki", the canine patriarch of the otherwise human "Shirason, "Kaito" family.[58] "Otosan" translates to father, and the character, a Hokkaido dog, indeed acts as the father of the family, along with the son "Kojiro" (starred by Dante Carver), mom "Masako" (Kanako Higuchi), and daughter "Aya" (Aya Ueto).[59] The advertising series proved to be highly popular: CM Research Center ranked the Otousan adverts as the most popular in Japan
Japan
between 2007 and 2012, based on monthly surveys of 3,000 randomly selected adults in Japan.[60][61] SoftBank
SoftBank
also has a partnership with the Ingress augmented reality game, supporting the branded " SoftBank
SoftBank
Ultra Link" in-game item.[62] Sponsorship[edit] Softbank
Softbank
was sold a "team" for the America's Cup. The team was named SoftBank
SoftBank
Team Japan, and Yanmar
Yanmar
came onboard. SoftBank
SoftBank
Team Japan raced in the 2017 races held in Bermuda. The team-members come from various backgrounds, most of whom are not Japanese.[63] The company was the official jersey sponsor of the Japanese national basketball team at the official 2017 Asian Basketball Championship
2017 Asian Basketball Championship
in Lebanon.[64] Baby bonus[edit] SoftBank, along with some other companies in Japan,[65] offer a baby bonus for employees who have children. The payments range from US$400 for a first child to US$40,000 for a fifth child.[66][67] See also[edit]

Companies portal

List of mobile network operators of the Asia Pacific region List of telephone operating companies

Notes[edit]

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