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SoftBank cell functions down for several hours in Japan

AP  |  Tokyo 

Some users of SoftBank cellphones had problems calling and for several hours in on Thursday ahead of the company's IPO which is set to be among the world's biggest at about $21 billion.

The mobile service's problems started in the early afternoon and were gradually being fixed, according to

He said they were caused by a mechanical problem in Softbank's In some cases, the network services automatically kicked in.

SoftBank is a top cell-service provider in Japan, with some 40 million users.

The disruptions quickly became one of the trending topics on social media, and it was a major items on

Some Japanese on said they were worried by no-signal notifications on their and found the glitch inconvenient.

Fixed were not affected.

Softbank's shares are set to begin trading Dec. 19, with the price to be set on Dec. 10. Founded in 1986, the carrier was the first to offer the iPhone in

The of the parent company SoftBank Group, Masayoshi Son, was in the spotlight recently for his relations with the Saudi after the killing of Saudi

Son, who has denounced the killing, has been partnering with Saudi Arabian Crown and about half of his $100 billion Vision Fund, established in 2016, comes from the kingdom. The fund has been investing in various companies, solar projects and

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 20:05 IST