Japan telecommunications industry market report 65th edition, data & analysis of Japan's operators, market shares, spectrum & base stations, financials

Japan telecommunications industry (66th edition)

Market research report.

pdf-file, 66th edition, of July 6, 2015
approx. 272 pages, 90 Figures, 49 Photographs, 30 tables, 4 Mbyte

Lead author: Gerhard Fasol, works since 1984 with Japan’s telecommunications industry.

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Masayoshi Son’s and SoftBanks’ acquisition of Sprint and potential acquisition of T-Mobile of USA or other operators, 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: Japan telecommunications industry

  • Executive Summary, List of contents
  • Version overview, revisions
  • Key trends
  • Major recent M&A transactions
  • e-Japan and u-Japan and national policy
    • e-Japan and the IT strategy headquarters
    • e-Japan (Prime Minister’s Office)
    • Japan’s national policies
    • i-Japan 2015, digital infrastructure
    • iPhone as a turning point
  • Japan- the mobile time machine (pre-iPhone)
    • How did Japan’s telecom industry become one of the world’s most competitive?
  • Globalization vs Japan’s “Galapagos effect”
  • Evolution of Japan’s telecom landscape
  • Strategic group maps of Japan’s mobile and fixnet telecom industry and major M&A transaction graphics
    • pre-liberalization, NTT + KDD monopoly
    • Japan’s telecom landscape 2004
    • Japan’s telecom landscape 2008
    • Japan’s telecom landscape 2013
  • The three main players
  • Financial data, overview and analysis for Japan’s major mobile telecom operators
    • annual revenues
    • operating income
    • net income
    • capital investments
    • quarterly results: revenues, operating income, net income
    • operating margins
    • net margins
  • NTT Group
    • group structure
    • revenue structure
    • overview of group companies: NTT Data, NTT Docomo, NTT East, NTT West, NTT Communications, …
    • NTT Docomo
    • for more details read our report on NTT-Docomo
  • KDDI, AU, UQ Communications, Okinawa Cellular
    • group structure
    • revenue structure, income (profit/loss) structure by group sectors
    • historical overview, M&A history
    • history of major services, evolution
    • KDDI Designing studio
    • UQ Communications
    • for more details read our Report on KDDI
  • SoftBank
    • Masayoshi Son
    • group structure
    • business model
    • SoftBank Telecom history and development
    • SoftBank Mobile history and development
    • SoftBank Mobile subscription history, group structure and development and growth
    • Japan Telecom and J-Phone
    • Acquisition of Vodafone-Japan by SoftBank, M&A transaction details and graphics
    • transition from Vodafone Japan to SoftBank
    • eAccess, eMobile
      • Dr Sachio Semmoto
      • group history and development
      • company structure and financial structure
      • eMobile foundation and background
      • KDDI and SoftBank battle and acquisition
      • for more details read our report on eAccess
    • Willcom
      • PHS: outline and history and development
      • PHS: antennas, base stations
      • PHS, Willcom, and Wireless City Planning, M&A transaction structure
      • market share data and evolution
      • Wireless City Planning: outline, creation and history, diagram, market shares
    • for more details read our report on SoftBank
  • Wireless markets, mobile communications
    • spectrum allocation and mobile base stations
      • radio spectrum allocation for mobile communications
      • radio spectrum allocation and number of base stations over frequency and for different operators
      • radio spectrum allocation and number of base stations for 800MHz “Platinum band”
      • radio spectrum allocation and number of base stations for 1.4-2.7GHz band
      • radio spectrum allocation and number of base stations for 2.5-2.7GHz band
      • total band width allocation for each operator
      • mobile phone base station deployment
      • how many base stations are deployed in Japan?
      • how many 3G/LTE base stations are deployed in Japan?
      • how many LTE base stations are deployed in Japan?
      • comparing number of 3G base stations in UK and in Japan
      • total number of base stations for Japan’s major mobile operators over time
      • how big is the market for base stations? how much does the base station market grow per year?
      • how many base stations does each operator install per year?
      • how many repeaters and boosters are installed in Japan for each operator?
      • how many low power repeaters are installed in Japan for each operator?
      • femto-cells
      • how many PHS base stations are installed in Japan?
      • for more details on Japan’s radio spectrum allocation and base station markets, read our report on Japan’s base station market
    • Subscriber numbers and market shares
      • total number of subscribers over time, and growth over time
      • net annual growth
      • annual development of subscription numbers for different radio systems, 2G, PHS, 3G, LTE, CDMA2000, WiMax, etc for all operators
      • number of subscriptions by operator and radio system
      • number of subscriptions by operator and radio system, consolidated in business groups
      • market shares over time
      • market shares over time for mobile business groups, month-to-month battle for subscribers
    • prepaid mobile
    • from birth of mobile internet to legacy: iMode, EZweb, Yahoo-Keitai
    • why was the mobile internet born in Japan?
    • the i-Mode eco-system
    • i-Mode in a nutshell
    • LTE, 4G in Japan: LTE subscriber numbers, spectrum allocation, base station deployment
    • 3G in Japan: LTE subscriber numbers, spectrum allocation, base station deployment
    • from “Galake” to smart-phones
    • cell phone sales, smartphone sales
    • transition to smartphones
    • annual shipment of Japanese mobile phones/smartphones
    • the Au design project IIDA, Infobar, Infobar 2, Concept models: cypress, kaos, vols, Talby by Marc Newson
    • Sweets for teenage and sub-teenage girls
    • Raku-raku phones for the silver market
    • TuKa-S: pioneer for the silver market
  • e-Money and mobile payment
  • Mobile TV, 1seg
  • Fixed line broadband access market
    • FTTH, DSL, CATV broadband access subscriptions over time (starting 2002)
    • FTTH market
    • 3 types of FTTH services
    • market development over time and liberalization events
    • market players
    • mansion type and FTTH market split over time
    • FTTH market players and market shares over time
    • mansion-type FTTH market players and market shares over time
    • FTTH penetration: comparing EU with Japan over time
    • DSL market: development, market statistics over time, subscriber numbers and market shares
    • optical access network
    • schematics of NTT optical access network
    • ONU = optical network unit
    • transition to NGN = next generation networks
    • NTT NGN, NTT-East and NTT-West
    • NTT FTTH business models, business development and strategy, ARPU, and value added services
    • KDDI in the FTTH market
    • KDDI vs NTT
    • KDDI FTTH strategy
  • Japan’s telegram market
  • Summary

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Related events and in the press and TV:

  • “Overview of Japan’s Data Center Landscape” (Opening keynote)
    Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
    May 22, 2013
    Tokyo Convention Hall, Great Hall on 5th Floor, TOKYO SQUARE GARDEN, 3-1-1 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
    Data Center Summit Tokyo
    Data Center Summit Tokyo

  • “Apple-Samsung Patent War and Impact on Japans Industries”
    Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
    Tuesday, October 2, 2012
    Foreign Correspondents Club Japan (FCCJ), Yurakucho
    Event record on FCCJ website

    In a global war to dominate the smartphone market, Samsung and Apple have been at each other’s throats, playing out the war in courts around the world and accusing each other of patent violations. A California court recently ruled in favour of Apple and ordered Samsung to pay $1 billion, a figure that could rise dramatically when the case is played out. Samsung has won minor battles in the U.K., Japan and Australia, but with new mobile phone models and tablets being introduced by both firms, the war is only going to get bigger and bloodier. In Japan local manufacturers are being marginalized and even fighting for survival.
    Japan-based expert Gerhard Fasol will return to the FCCJ to shed light on the Apple-Samsung dispute and how it impacts the Japan market, Japan operators and Japan manufacturers.

  • “Cash Goes Mobile and Electronic:. First to Market in Japan, and Then What?”
    Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
    July 18, 2012
    Tokyo ANA Intercontinental Hotel
    TTI-Vanguard Conference on “Future Proofing”
    TTI-Vanguard Conference on “Future Proofing”

  • “The beauty of Japan’s Galapagos Effect – and how to go beyond”
    Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
    July 12, 2010
    Tokyo Westin Hotel
    ACCJ American Chamber of Commerce
    The Galapagos Effect (from ACCJ Journal, with permission)

  • “A Snapshot of the Current Mobile Market and Opportunities in Japan”
    Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
    June 17, 2010
    18:30 – 21:00
    International Computer Association ICA

  • “The beauty of Japan’s Galapagos effect – and how to go beyond”
    Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
    May 19, 2010
    18:30 – 21:00
    Embassy of Sweden, Alfred Nobel Auditorium
    Stockholm School of Economics, European Institute of Japanese Studies

  • "Help – my mobile phone does not work! – Why Japan’s mobile phone sector is so different from Europe’s"
    Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
    Friday, March 16, 2007
    12:00 – 14:00
    Tokyo (Westin Hotel)
    Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ)
    View an event report with photographs and comments here

  • Interviews on CNBC, NHK, BBC.

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Methodology: Japan telecommunications industry

We produce market research on Japan’s technology markets since 1996. We use the following methods:

  • Desk research: public domain data, internet resources
  • Official data from Government sources, Government white papers, public domain Government data bases, industry associations, and other trade organizations
  • Data from Annual reports and other public disclosures by companies
  • “Gray literature”: materials distributed at trade shows, conferences, workshops
  • Public presentations, lectures, keynote talks, Press conferences
  • Trade shows and events. We regularly visit a large number of trade shows and industry events, mainly in the Tokyo, Osaka areas, but also in US and Europe.
  • Interviews, discussions at trade shows, and other industry events
  • Cross checking and cross validation of data from different sources.
  • Analysis using sophisticated, research grade mathematical and statistical software, and proprietary analysis software developed by Eurotechnology Japan KK.
  • Our proprietary data base of industry data, photographs, and information collected since our company foundation in 1996/1997 mainly covering Japan’s electronics, telecommunications and energy industries.
  • Our research and analysis staff is mainly PhD level and highly trained and experienced.

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