Corporate History

2000 - 2010

May 2000 Founded BB Technologies Corporation (currently SoftBank BB Corp.)
Sept. 2001 Launched Yahoo! BB.
Dec. 2001 Nagoya Metallic Communications Corp. (currently SoftBank BB Corp.) introduced BB Phone across the town of Oguchi, Aichi Prefecture jointly with the SoftBank Group, Yahoo Japan Corporation and the town of Oguchi, and promoted Cyber Town Plan.
Apr. 2002 Started full-fledged experiments of Yahoo! BB Mobile, super-high-speed wireless Internet connection service.
Launched BB Phone.
July 2002 Communication services of three companies of Tokyo Metallic Communications Corp., Nagoya Metallic Communications Corp., and Osaka Metallic Communications Corp. (currently SoftBank BB Corp.) were integrated into Yahoo! BB.
Aug. 2002 Launched Yahoo BB 12M.
Sept. 2002 Number of subscribers to Yahoo! BB exceeded a million.
Nov. 2002 Started operating next generation 10Gbps backbone network between Aichi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture.
Number of users of BB Phone exceeded a million.
Dec. 2002 Launched Yahoo BB 12M +Wireless LAN Pack.
Jan. 2003 SoftBank BB Corp. was founded by the merger of BB Technologies Corporation, SOFTBANK Networks Inc., SOFTBANK EC HOLDINGS CORP., and SOFTBANK COMMERCE CORP.
Feb. 2003 Number of subscribers to Yahoo! BB exceeded two million.
Apr. 2003 Number of users of BB Phone exceeded two million.
July 2003 Founded Broadband Association to provide a forum to facilitate interaction in the business community and to promote penetration and educational campaign of broadband.
Launched Yahoo BB 26M.
Aug. 2003 Number of subscribers to Yahoo! BB exceeded three million.
Oct. 2003 Number of users of BB Phone exceeded three million.
Dec. 2003 Started BB Phone service using a prefix of 050.
Jan. 2004 Launched Yahoo BB 45M.
Attempted extortion occurred using customer information of Yahoo! BB.
Mar. 2004 Founded Personal Information Management Council and Technology Council.
Number of subscribers to Yahoo! BB exceeded four million.
July 2004 Launched hikari BB Phone, IP phone service using fiber optics for corporate users.
Sept. 2004 Launched charged service of BB Soft, software distribution service through streaming.
Oct. 2004 Announced the service-in of Yahoo! BB hikari, new broadband comprehensive service using fiber optics to be provided jointly with Yahoo Japan Corporation.
Miss Aya Ueto became a new campaign character. Started running new TVCM of Yahoo! BB.
Feb. 2005 Launched Yahoo! BB hikari TV package and Yahoo! BB hikari Mansion TV package.
Started sales of SoftGrid, next generation application management tool for reduction of companies' management costs by uniformly managing diversified applications.
Mar. 2005 Started Baseball Broadband TV, online live distribution service of all games held by SoftBank Hawks.
Apr. 2005 Obtained both BS7799-2:2002 and ISMS Certification (Ver.2.0) of Information security management systems at the same time.
July 2005 Network Operation Center (NOC) obtained BS7799-2:2002 and ISMS Certification (Ver.2.0).
Aug. 2005 Built a nation's largest-scale personal information management system adopting code module certified as compliant with the USA standards.
Nov. 2005 Announced gradual expansion of BB Mobile Point, public wireless LAN service by the SoftBank Group to about 2,600 outlets of McDonald's across the nation.
Dec. 2005 Divided SoftBank BB Corp. into BB TECHNOLOGY Corp. and SoftBank BB Corp. (newly established company) along with reorganization of broadband business.
Formed a strategic business alliance with JAPAN TELECOM CO., LTD. (currently SoftBank Telecom Corp.) and Microsoft Co., Ltd. to provide instant messaging integrated communications service for corporate users.
Number of subscribers to Yahoo! BB exceeded five million.
Feb. 2006 Introduced an interface supporting large capacity of 40Gbps onto the backbone network of Yahoo! BB.
Consolidated broadband business for corporate users into JAPAN TELECOM CO., LTD. (currently SoftBank Telecom Corp.)
Launched Yahoo BB 50M Revo.
June 2006 Established Kitakyushu Network Operation Center (NOC).
July 2006 Permitted by Kanto Bureau of Telecommunications, Ministry of International Affairs and Communications to install equipments for high-speed power line communication for experiments.
Dec. 2006 Launched BB Support Wide, overall PC support service for users of Yahoo! BB and SoftBank Broadband Service.
Jan. 2007 Launched TEKI-PAKI, business support service for small businesses.
Mar. 2007 Merged BB TECHNOLOGY Corp. and SoftBank BB Corp. along with reorganization of broadband business and the merged company was named SoftBank BB Corp.
July 2007 Awarded Gold Prize of Contact Center Awards 2007 that commemorates work improvement efforts at contact centers (call centers).
Nov. 2007 Launched a brand called SoftBank SELECTION to provide mobile phone accessories and PC software.
Mar. 2008 Released CACHATTO for SoftBank, a mobile solution.
June 2008 Launched White Call 24, a voice call discount service.
July 2008 Awarded with Best Technology Award of Contact Center Awards 2008.
Sept. 2008 Launched PurchaseOne, a procurement system and service for indirect material.
Dec. 2008 Launched Yahoo! BB White Plan, a flat price plan with two ceilings.
Jan. 2009 Released One Seg Tuner for iPhone 3G TV & Battery.
Apr. 2009 SoftBank Mobile Corp., SoftBank BB Corp., and SoftBank Telecom Corp., unified their service brand logo.
Aug. 2009 Next Generation Mobile Learning won Award of Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications in JAPAN e-Learning AWARDS 2009.
May 2010 Launched IPv6 Internet service for Yahoo! BB hikari with FLET'S.
July 2010 Won Gold award of Best Tech Innovation Internal Solution at Asia Pacific Conference of Contact Center World Award 2010.

2011 - to date

May 2011 SoftBank SELECTION launched CoverColle, a service which customers can customize and create their own design for the cover of handset.
Sept. 2011 Won Education and Science Minister Prize in the 9th award for promotion of industry-academia-government partnership*1 for establishment of seamless structure for medical support using ICT.
Nov. 2011 Won Gold award of Technology at the World Conference of Contact Center World Award 2011.
Dec. 2011 SoftBank SELECTION launched Digital TV Tuner, first in Japan*2, which is available for iPhone, iPad, terrestrial broadcast, and BS/CS broadcast.
Aug. 2012 Launched IPv6 high-speed hybrid connection service that enables seamless IPv6/IPv6 Internet downlink speeds of up to 1Gbps.
Oct. 2012 Won Gold medal in Best use of Self-service Technology category at the World Conference of Contact Center World Award 2012.
Mar. 2013 With Fitbit (U.S.), launched sales of fitbit trackers that sync wirelessly with iPhone/iPad.
June 2013 Launched Yahoo! BB hikari with FLET'S and Yahoo! BB hikari FLET'S Course IP phone service, White hikari Phone, jointly with SoftBank Telecom Corp.
Oct. 2013 Launched BBWorks Mobile LTE powered by EMOBILE through tie-up with eAccess Ltd.
Apr. 2014 Commerce & Service Business of SoftBank BB Corp. spun out to form new company, SoftBank Commerce & Service Corp.
[Notes]
  • *1English translation of the award name given by SoftBank BB Corp.
  • *2As of December 20, 2011 (according to PIXELA CORPORATION).
  • Apple, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. iPhone, iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc.
  • The trademark iPhone is used with a license from Aiphone K.K.