KDDI Corp. said it plans to offer mobile phones made by Sharp Corp. that enable customers to watch digital television broadcasts, rivalling a product already offered by Softbank Corp.
KDDI, Japan’s second-largest mobile phone operator, aims to offer the new model next spring, a spokesman said.
The handset will adopt Sharp’s AQUOS brand technology that is used for the consumer electronic maker’s flat-panel televisions.
Japanese operators have been moving to tap strong demand for TV-capable handsets since the launch of wireless digital broadcasts in April. Such services are also offered in South Korea.
Softbank, which earlier this year bought Vodafone Group Plc’s Japan-unit, has been selling AQUOS phones since May.