Okinawa's total communications provider, born in 1991 and raised by the voices of the people.
The Okinawa Discussion Group, established in October 1990 as a vehicle for businessmen of Okinawa and mainland Japan to work together for development of Okinawa, announced its intention to establish a portable phone company. Funded by DDI and other major firms, Okinawa Cellular was established on June 1, 1991, to provide portable and car phone services in the Okinawa region.
Mar.：Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications issues Telecommunications Business License
Apr.：Main office location changes (Kumoji, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture)
Jul.：Cellular Phone Service Contract Bylaws approved by Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Oct.：Mobile Car Phone TACS (Analog) service starts
Apr.：Buyout system offered for portable phone units
Jul.：Main office location changes (Kumoji, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture)
Nov.：PDC (digital) system service starts
Apr.：Corporate stock registered at Securities Dealers Association of Japan
Jul.：Start of CDMA service
May.：Start of "ez web" Internet & e-mail service
Nov.：Start of Cell Pre-Phone (prepaid) service
Jan.：Start of packet communications service
Apr.：Start of international roaming service, "GLOBAL PASSPORT"
Jun.：Application for 3rd generation mobile telephone system (IMT-2000) approved by Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications
Jul.：Start of 3rd generation mobile telephone service with the brand "au"
Sep.：Service end of TACS (analogue) service
Apr.：Start of "CDMA2000 1x" service
Nov.：Main office location changes (Kumoji, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture)
Mar.：Service end of PDC (digital) service
Nov.：Start of CDMA 1X WIN service
Dec.：Shop registration cancelled with Japan Securities Dealers Association; Shares listed on Jasdaq Securities Exchange
Oct.：Start of Mobile Number Portability service
Dec.："EV-DO Rev.A," an upgraded version of "CDMA2000 1xEV-DO" is adopted.
Nov.：Launched the "au Purchase Program," which allows customers to select their preferred method of purchasing an au mobile phone.
Nov.：Nanjo Network Center opened
Nov.：Launched "eTOKU," a mobile-phone based mail marketing system aimed at distributors and retailers.
Jan.：Acquired Okinawa Telecommunication Network Co., Inc., through the purchase of new shares allocated to a third party.
Jul.：Listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange JASDAQ(standard), after merger of Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange.