Ex-SoftBank employee arrested over alleged unlawful switch of 5G data

A former worker of SoftBank Corp was arrested Tuesday for illegally taking info from the most important Japanese wi-fi provider on its ultrafast 5G know-how earlier than shifting to a smaller rival firm, police mentioned.

The arrest of Kuniaki Aiba, who at the moment works for wi-fi operator Rakuten Cell Inc., comes amid intensifying competitors amongst cellular firms in Japan due partly to the federal government’s stress to chop subscription charges.

Whereas Japan’s three main cellular carriers — SoftBank, NTT Docomo and KDDI — launched 5G providers, which allow the transmission of film and different giant capability knowledge at a sooner velocity than the 4G system, in March final 12 months, Rakuten Cell joined the race in September and nonetheless lags behind its greater rivals.

Aiba, 45, is suspected of getting transferred commerce secrets and techniques from SoftBank by emailing info on the corporate’s 5G know-how to his personal account on Dec. 31, 2019, when he was nonetheless working for the corporate, in violation of Japan’s unfair competitors prevention regulation, in response to Tokyo police.

Quickly after, he left SoftBank and joined the cellular enterprise unit of e-commerce large Rakuten Inc., in response to investigative sources.

The police didn’t reveal whether or not Aiba has admitted to the allegations.






12日、不正競争防止法違反の疑いで逮捕されたソフトバンク元社員が、5Gの機密情報を持ち出した翌日、競合企業に転職していたことが明らかになりました。
 12日、ソフトバンク元社員で、楽天モバイル社員の合場邦章容疑者(45)が、不正競争防止法違反の疑いで逮捕されました。
 合場容疑者は、まさに5G戦争を揺るがしかねない“産業スパイ”に手を染めたとみられています。
 元々、ソフトバンクの社員だった合場容疑者は当時5Gなど、通信ネットワークの構築に関わる部署にいました。
 2019年の大みそか、合場容疑者は自宅からソフトバンクのサーバーにアクセスし、メールで機密情報を入手したとみられています。
 そして翌日、2020年の元日に競合企業の楽天モバイルに転職したのです。

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