Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank is to open a new “West River” facility to bring high-speed internet services to Japan.
The company is hoping to establish the new West River Communications facility in Tokyo, which will offer access to the internet in a more rural area and will include broadband connections to the rest of the country.
According to the Tokyo Economic Times, SoftBank said that the new facility will offer internet services across the country to its customers in areas where there is a high concentration of internet users, as well as to residents in other areas, such as remote villages.
The Japanese government will also offer the service to residents of other regions, including neighboring China.
The facility will allow SoftBank to continue offering internet services in areas that are not covered by the country’s existing infrastructure, the newspaper reported.
The move comes as the Japanese government is considering a bill that would grant local authorities sweeping new powers to regulate internet use.
The bill would also grant local governments the right to impose restrictions on internet access.
Japan’s telecommunications market has been plagued by a lack of competition since the country joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.
But SoftBank has been expanding its network of fiber-optic cables, and recently started providing internet services from Japan to the U.S.
A number of other companies have also announced plans to expand their networks in the country, including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.