Kddi Begins Operating Base Station Ship Off Chiba

KDDI begins operating base station ship off Chiba

A Japanese telecom company has begun operating a vessel that enables people to use mobile phone services in typhoon-hit Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo.

Mobile phone services remain unavailable across the southern and other parts of the prefecture, partly due to massive power outages caused by Typhoon Faxai. The storm struck the greater Tokyo area a week ago.

KDDI sent a base station vessel to waters off Tateyama City at the southern tip of Chiba Prefecture on Sunday. The ship began operating later in the day.

The firm says people as far as 20 kilometers from the ship can use mobile phone services by satellite.

KDDI, which runs the au mobile network, plans to offer the service until land-based stations are restored.

This is the second time the ship has been used for disaster relief. Its first dispatch came after a major earthquake jolted Hokkaido in September of last year.