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Japan - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

  • May 2017
  • 27 pages
  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
Report ID: 3776273

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Japan's telecommunications sector is one of the most developed markets in the world. Japan's telecoms market is characterised by customers possessing a willingness to adopt new technologies combined with an increasingly sophisticated interest in the wider application of telephone lines.

Moving towards 2017 Japan's market is served by three multi-service operators offering fixed-line telephony, fixed broadband access, mobile voice telephony, mobile broadband access and pay TV services.

Japan's fixed line market is dominated by incumbent operator NTT. However with a saturated fixed-line telephone subscriber market (on a per household basis), mobile has emerged as the major force in Japan's telecoms market. The emphasis on mobile has allowed new market entrants to enter and grow in the market despite NTT's dominance of the fixed market.

The number of broadband lines in Japan has shown stagnant growth in recent years due to the increasing availability and affordability of mobile broadband platforms. This has taken away much of the traffic due to the convenience associated with mobility and the ability to support delivery of popular internet content and applications. Moving into 2017, DSL subscribers continued to decline as customers continue to shift to FttH.

This report presents a range of key statistical indicators as well as an overview of the Japanese telecommunications regulatory environment.


Key Developments:
KDDI acquired Japanese fixed broadband provider BIGLOBE.
SoftBank Group secured significant funding for its London, UK-based tech start-up Vision Fund.
Softbank Telecom partnered with Alibaba Group to co-develop public cloud computing services.
NTT Corp announced plans to collaborate on the development of next generation 5G wireless technologies

Companies covered in this report include:

NTT; KDDI; Softbank Mobile, Internet Initiative Japan.

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