• By The Financial District

SOFTBANK SUES RAKUTEN EX-WORKER FOR USE OF LEAKED 5G TECH INFO

Japanese wireless carrier SoftBank Corp. said Thursday it has filed a damages suit against a former employee and rival Rakuten Mobile Inc. for illegally using the plaintiff's 5G network technology information leaked by the ex-SoftBank worker.

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In the lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court, SoftBank Group Corp.'s mobile phone service subsidiary is seeking 1 billion yen ($9.1 million) as part of its alleged damages totaling about 100 billion yen, it said.


Kyodo News reported that SoftBank is also demanding suspension of the use of Rakuten's base stations which have allegedly been built based on the leaked information and that they be scrapped.


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In response to the legal action, Rakuten said it has not confirmed any use of SoftBank's trade secrets in its internal investigation and will present its views in the upcoming court hearings.


In January, police arrested Kuniaki Aiba, who joined Rakuten Group Inc.'s wireless unit soon after leaving SoftBank in December 2019, on suspicion of having transferred data on the plaintiff's 5G technology to his own email account in violation of Japan's unfair competition prevention law.


SoftBank said in a press release that Rakuten once had electronic files containing SoftBank's trade secrets on its server. Rakuten said the files had been abandoned after submitting them to the court and the plaintiff, according to SoftBank.


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In September last year, Rakuten started offering unlimited data services using ultrafast 5G networks for 2,980 yen per month, much lower than other major mobile phone service operators in Japan amid intensifying competition.


Rakuten entered the wireless market in October 2014 as a virtual mobile network operator, using other mobile phone operators' networks, and started full-scale services with its own networks last year.



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