Japan mobile subscriber data for Feb 2005

Japan’s mobile subscriber numbers for Feb 2005 came out yesterday…

DoCoMo is ahead again after a soft period on the strength of services and handsets, and KDDI/AU is still going strong driven by the designer series, good tariffs/discounts, music, WIN etc.

Willcom (the former DDI-Pocket) is strengthening under new management, new name and new campaigns and network upgrades, TuKa is falling back after it’s great “TuKa-S” success… and Vodafone succeeded to stabilize subscriber losses somewhat which is a mild step in the right direction and might be the first indication of Mr Tsuda’s influence…

Stimulated by the needs of our customers, who need to roll out services across the networks in Japan, we have started market surveys, interviewing mobile phone customers of all kinds on Tokyo’s streets in “focus groups”, as we do when required for our customers to get a feel for the market. I always make a point to take part personally in such consumer research, and often do some myself. In the case of mobile phone habits, the first approach at interviewing just reflects back the messages of the commercials and publicity campaigns. Only in-depth interviewing and discussion then reveals the real thoughts which are normally quite different. We learnt a lot about what average Japanese consumers think about DoCoMo, AU and Vodafone, building up a good picture. But the numbers also tell a clear story:

Subscriber net growth/loss for Japan's mobile phone and PHS operators
Subscriber net growth/loss for Japan’s mobile phone and PHS operators

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Chaku-uta-full: 3 million mobile music downloads

iTunes versus Chaku-Uta downloads – Mobile Music Rocks

Japan is the pioneer of mobile music

Ringing tones and mobile music are pioneered in Japan

Put until mid-2004, cumulatively KDDI (Japan’s No. 2 mobile operator) sold more “chaku-uta” mobile music song clips in Japan alone than Apple sold music via iTunes globally.

This fact shows both the power of mobile music, and also the size of Japan’s mobile markets in terms of cash sales.

KDDI/AU reports 3 million Chaku-uta-full (full song) downloads since it’s start on November 19, 2004:

KDDI sells approximately as many chaku-uta music clips as iTunes sells music globally demonstrating the enormous size of Japan's mobile music market
KDDI sells approximately as many chaku-uta music clips as iTunes sells music globally demonstrating the enormous size of Japan’s mobile music market

More in our “Mobile Music Japan” report.

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