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Rakuten to delay Japan's newest mobile network by 6 months

Bid to disrupt market hampered by slow progress on infrastructure

Rakuten's entry into the wireless market has been closely watched for its potential to inject fresh competition into a field dominated by three carriers. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

TOKYO -- Japanese e-commerce group Rakuten will delay the start of full mobile service until spring as it works to become the country's fourth wireless carrier, Nikkei has learned.

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