SoftBank Corp.|ソフトバンク株式会社|Sofutobanku Kabushiki-gaisha (9984) is a leading Japanese telecommunications and media corporation, with operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-Commerce, Internet, broadmedia, technology services, finance, media and marketing, and other businesses.
SoftBank was established in Tokyo, Japan on September 3, 1981, and had a market capitalisation of approximately US$32.8 billion at 28 February 2006.
SoftBank's corporate profile includes various other companies such as Japanese broadband company Cable & Wireless IDC, cable company BB-Serve, and gaming company GungHo Online Entertainment. Additionally, it has various partnerships in Japanese subsidiaries of foreign companies such as Yahoo!, E*Trade and Morningstar.
Various media outlets have reported that Softbank and Apple Computer are jointly developing a 3G mobile phone with a built-in iPod player for the Japanese market.
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