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Japan Communication Profile 2012

05/11/2010  The telecommunications sector in Japan is one of the hottest markets in the world. In 2010, the country has been subject to intense competition between mobile operators in the 3G market segment, which now includes 95% of the total market for mobile communications. and the introduction of new methods of repayment by installments combined, are responsible for the growth taking place in Japan's mobile industry is already mature. Combined with operators to shut down their 2G networks in the coming years and the acquisition of mobile content, driving the strong growth experienced by the 3G market.

Japan is a leading global mobile phone market, not only in size but also in terms of innovation and its ability to be ahead with the introduction of advanced technologies. The market is characterized by intense competition and the needs of users become varied, it becomes harder for any one carrier to take on a majority market share. Japan plans to start practical implementation of the commercial operations of long-term trends from 2010 by NTT and other operators follow suit until 2012.


The accessibility of mobile services, and customers seeking to reduce spending, although Japan has emerged from recession, has damaged the market for fixed lines. The number of available lines has continued to decline. This is not only the accessibility of mobile services took market share from fixed line market but also VoIP services.

In 2010, Japan had more than 30 million broadband lines in place, making that country the third largest broadband in the world after the United States and China. Much of the success of broadband in Japan is due to the amazing growth spurt that took place in 2003 on the back of the DSL broadband technology. Today Fibre-to-the-Home is composed of approximately 50% of the total broadband market. Japan was also an early model of "triple play" which provide TV, broadband Internet and voice telephony as packaged services from a single supplier. E-services continues to gain ground as an engine of convergence on the telecommunications market in Japan.

The telecommunications regulatory authorities in Japan have been very active in shaping the industry in this country. As a result of their efforts, Japan has taken a proactive role in many aspects of global and regional telecommunications. In addition, the country has made great progress in the development of digital broadcasting and mobile.

Although Japan has emerged from a recession in 2009, it is expected that it faces a long and bumpy recovery in 2010. The DPJ's new government is unlikely to adopt significant reforms and it is expected that the new government will struggle to become familiar with the structural problems of the country.


  • • The number of broadband lines in Japan has shown a spectacular growth of more than 31 million by end 2009. In terms of quality and accessibility of telecommunications infrastructure in Japan is already much higher in the U.S. and Europe. Go 2010, DSL subscribers are still in decline since peaking in 2006, as customers continue to turn to FTTH. FTTH subscribers reached over 15 million by mid-2009;
  • · Entering 2010, the number of fixed telephone subscribers has declined even further to 41 million euros (less than 35% penetration), and the number of mobile subscribers exceeded 110 million (over 85% penetration) . The trend highlights the pressure on NTT, faced with declining fixed-line subscribers and high levels of competition eats their market dominance;
  • · New mobile operator eMobile has continued its network expansion and will in 2010 had reached over 1.2 million subscribers, including the operator intends to increase to 2.5 million by mid-2010. The company launched the first commercial country HSPA + in six cities in 2009, offering download speeds of 21.6Mb / s;
  • · The strong adoption of 3G has continued, with more than 105 million subscribers will in 2010, representing 95% of all mobile subscribers. DoCoMo is one of the main engines of long-term evolution standard, and plans to launch commercial operations in late 2010;
  • · Further, the local market area of significant growth in 2010 was entered into IP telephony to over 20 million subscribers. Here Softbank is a major player, with 21% of the VoIP subscriber base. The various divisions of NTT and KDDI, also play an important role in this market segment growing, with NTT showing a significant increase over 50% market share;
  • Popular · value added service continued to be i-mode Internet access via mobile phones, music downloads facilitated by the link between content providers and operators, and Osaifu-Keitai is a mobile wallet for subscribers to pay for train tickets and the like with their mobile phones. Japan has more than 92 million wireless Internet subscribers will in 2010;
  • · Softbank Telecom has granted to become a reseller of NTT Hikari branded services nationally. Since July 2009, the operator has been selling services Hikari after announcing that she could not keep paying higher rental costs;
  • · NTT Com has acquired Pacific Crossing, which operates the Pacific Crossing-1 trans-Pacific, May 2009. The cable of 21.000 km long has a capacity for speeds of 1 TB / s for which NTT has conducted an estimated 10 billion yen (U.S. $ 104 million), which gives it a new fiber link between the trans-Pacific Japan and the United States;
  • · NTT launched the cable network TPE submarine, linking Southeast Asia and the United States in December 2009. TPE has now a capacity of up to 5.12Tb / s, and includes about 18,000 km of cable. Construction and startup of the leg-Japan Asia was the second phase of construction for TPE. It has been operational since September 2008, connecting mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States;
  • · UQ Communications, which is the leading shareholder KDDI, starting commercial operations in July 2009 providing high-speed communications, mobile data service through its WiMAX UQ. In early 2010, coverage should include all the 18 government-designated major cities.
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