Press Releases 2006

About Universal Service Fee

Nov. 24, 2006

Along with the start of operation of the Universal Service Fund System, the SOFTBANK Group, starting in January 2007, will be imposing monthly surcharge of fixed Universal Service Fee per telephone number*1 for all customers subscribing to the SOFTBANK Group’s mobile phone service, IP telephony service and direct connection voice service.

The Universal Service Fund System is a system stipulated in the Telecommunications Business Law that requires 56 telecom firms to share necessary expenses proportionately in a collectively cooperative manner to ensure an environment to provide impartial and stable nationwide use of Universal Service (subscribed telephone, public telephone, emergency telephone and other telephony services that are essential for people’s life) provided by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (hereinafter “NTT East”) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation (hereinafter “NTT West”). It is a necessary system to continue smoothly operating highly public Universal Service and customers are kindly required to join in it. Customers' understanding and cooperation are highly appreciated.

Universal Service Fee per telephone number is to be reviewed semiannually (in January and July) by Telecommunications Carriers Association, which is a support institution of Universal Service. Therefore the fee to be charged to customers is subject to the review result. Fee per telephone number is shown on the Web site of Telecommunications Carriers Association (Japanese version only). Universal Service Fee collected by each operator will be paid to NTT East and NTT West through Telecommunications Carriers Association.

SOFTBANK Group’s services in scope

CompanyServices in scopeUniversal Service FeePayment timing
SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. Mobile phone service Postpaid 7 yen
(incl. tax:7.35 yen)
At the timing of monthly invoice
Prepaid incl. tax 20 yen At every recharge*2
BB TECHNOLOGY Corp. IP telephony service “BB Phone” 7 yen
(incl. tax:7.35 yen)
At the timing of monthly invoice
SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp.
  • Direct connection voice service
    “Otoku Line”
  • IP telephony service
    “IP-One IP Phone”
  • IP telephony service
    “IP-One IP Phone Net”
  • IP telephony service
    “IP-One IP Centrex”
  • IP telephony service
    “ODN IP Phone”
  • IP telephony service
    “IP Phone hikari”
  • IP telephony service
    “BB Phone hikari”
  • IP telephony service
    “BB Phone hikari”
  • IP telephony wholesale
    Free Call Super
etc.
7 yen
(incl. tax:7.35 yen)
At the timing of monthly invoice
[Notes]
  • *1Universal Service Fee is to be charged to prepaid mobile phone users at every recharge.
  • *2Recharge after 9 January 2007 is to be charged.
  • *The names of companies, logos, product names, etc., mentioned in this document are trademarks or registered trademarks of the applicable companies.
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