Japan’s telecommunications industry (64th edition)

report, pdf-file, 64th edition, of March 16, 2014
approx. 269 pages, 90 Figures, 49 Photographs, 30 tables, 5.5 Mbyte

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Masayoshi Son’s and SoftBanks’ acquisition of Sprint and potential acquisition of T-Mobile of USA, have drawn global attention on SoftBank and on Japan’s telecommunications sector – for many years our JCOMM-Report has been the most trusted and most convenient way to understand Japan’s telecom sector.
Japan’s telecommunications industry size is on the order of US$ 200 billion for the operators alone, and annually about US$ 20 billion are invested in networks. Japan’s has one of the world’s most advanced cellular networks.
This report gives a thorough overview of Japan’s telecom market landscape, with a wealth of statistical and financial data in visualized graphical form with analysis and trends.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary, Agenda (List of Contents)
  • Japan’s telecom industry – overview, key trends
    e-Japan, u-Japan and national policy
    globalization vs Japan’s &quot"Galapagos Effect”
    the “post Galapagos working group” and its recommendations
  • Evolution of Japan’s telecom landscape
    landscape overview and major M and A transactions
  • The main players: NTT, KDDI and Softbank
    Financial overview: annual revenues, operating income, net income and investments
    Quarterly financial data: quarterly revenues, operating income and net income
    NTT Group, NTT East, NTT West, NTT Communications, NTT Data and NTT docomo
    UQ Communications
    eAccess and eMobile
    Wireless City Planning
  • Wireless markets
    Wireless spectrum allocation
    Mobile phone base station deployment for each operator
    Market shares and subscriber numbers and trends for each operator
    Prepaid mobile market
    From birth of internet to legacy: i-Mode, EZweb, Yahoo Keitai
    3G and 3.5G and LTE in Japan
    From Galake to Smartphones: Mobile phone handset market, monthly sales statistics, and recycle time
    The AU design project: IIDA
    Sweets for teenage girls
Raku Raku phones for the silver market, Tuka-S: pioneer for the silver market
    Mobile music, LISMO!
    Mobile payments and keitai credit
    FeliCa wallet phones
    Mobile TV
  • Fixed line markets, FTTH
    FTTH market
    DSL market
    Optical network
    Transition to NGN
    Business cases
    Japan’s telegram market
  • Summary

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  • "Help – my mobile phone does not work! – Why Japan’s mobile phone sector is so different from Europe’s"
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    View an event report with photographs and comments here

  • Interviews on CNBC, NHK, BBC.

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