Masayoshi Son: “I am a man – and I want to be Number 1”

Masayoshi Son Source: Masaru Kamikura via Wikipedia

SoftBank aims for global No. 1 position…acquiring SPRINT on the way to the top SoftBank: towards global No. 1 with a 300 year vision To understand SoftBank, and the planned SPRINT acquisition, you need to understand Masayoshi Son – and Masayoshi Son says: “I am a man – and I want to be Number 1”.… Continue reading Masayoshi Son: “I am a man – and I want to be Number 1”

Japan telecom sector financial results and the Softbank-Sprint take-over battle

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SoftBank seeks to win, where Docomo failed – taking Japan’s telecoms know-how global Japan telecom sector financial results: very very healthy With SoftBank and DISH battling for US mobile operator SPRINT, the eyes are on Japan’s very healthy mobile phone sector, which a few days ago announced financial results for FY 2012. Japan’s mobile operators… Continue reading Japan telecom sector financial results and the Softbank-Sprint take-over battle

Japan wireless industry boom driven by smartphones. Japan adds about two Finlands worth of wireless subscriptions per year.

SoftBank and Masayoshi Son

Japan wireless industry adds 11 million subscriptions/year currently Softbank targets ¥ 1 Trillion operational income Japan wireless industry is growing, and Japan’s mobile operators add 11 million subscriptions/year currently: Japan adds about two Finlands worth of wireless subscriptions per year. Softbank entered the telecom arena in 2001 with Yahoo BB, Nagoya Metallic and later Osaka… Continue reading Japan wireless industry boom driven by smartphones. Japan adds about two Finlands worth of wireless subscriptions per year.

Apple-Samsung Patent War and Impact on Japans Industries (talk at Foreign Correspondents Club Tokyo on Oct 2, 2012)

PROFESSIONAL LUNCHEON “Apple-Samsung Patent War and Impact on Japans Industries” Speaker: Gerhard Fasol Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:00-13:30 Foreign Correspondents Club Japan (FCCJ), Yurakucho Outline: 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… Continue reading Apple-Samsung Patent War and Impact on Japans Industries (talk at Foreign Correspondents Club Tokyo on Oct 2, 2012)

How to turn Galapagos into a competitive advantage in both directions

Gerhard Fasol at Stockholm School of Economics

Positive and negative aspects of Japan’s Galapagos issues European Institute of Japanese Studies Academy Seminars presents Speaker: Dr. Gerhard Fasol, President, Eurotechnology Japan K.K. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 18:30 – 21:00 Embassy of Sweden, Alfred Nobel Auditorium Stockholm School of Economics, European Institute of Japanese Studies About the talk: In the last 20 years, several… Continue reading How to turn Galapagos into a competitive advantage in both directions

Disaster communication. Lessons from the Tohoku disaster

Communications save lives during disasters Disaster communication: keynote at the 7th KCC Korea Communications Conference, Seoul Communications save lives during disasters, and are essential for survival, for “situational awareness” (= to know what is going on), for decision making, and business continuity. Nobody likes to experience a disaster, but when disaster strikes there is no… Continue reading Disaster communication. Lessons from the Tohoku disaster

Evolution of TV and social TV (Keynotes at BCWW2009 Global Media Forum, Seoul, Korea Sept. 10, 2009)

Two keynotes on “Evolution of TV” and “Social TV” and chaired session at BCWW2009 Global Media Forum, Seoul, Korea, September 10, 2009

Mobile 2.0 at the Korean Communications Conference

Chairing and keynoting Track 3-3 “Mobile 2.0” at the Korean Communications Conference in Seoul on Thursday June 18, 2009 at the COEX Conference Center. What will Mobile 2.0 be and how do we get there? Korea and Japan can be like a time-machine: if we look at Korea and Japan today, we can get a… Continue reading Mobile 2.0 at the Korean Communications Conference

beeTV – DoCoMo’s new mobile TV

beeTV NTT docomo's new mobile tv

Japan leads mobile phone experimentation Japan introduces and tests a large range of experimental and innovative mobile services On May 1, 2009, DoCoMo in cooperation with media firm Avex started the mobile TV beeTV which brings 8 channels including a MOOLOG Channel (MOOLOG = MOOvie-bLOG) beeTV is an indicator how Mobile TV may impact Japan’s… Continue reading beeTV – DoCoMo’s new mobile TV

Potential Flu Pandemic Positive for Telcos

Potential Flu Pandemic Positive for Telcos (Airtime: Tuesday, April 28, 2009) Read more about Japan’s telecom sector: http://www.eurotechnology.com/store/jcomm/ Read more about DoCoMo: http://www.eurotechnology.com/store/imode/ Read more about KDDI: http://www.eurotechnology.com/store/kddi/ Read more about Softbank: http://www.eurotechnology.com/store/softbank/ Copyright·©2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

Does the "not-invented-here" syndrome slow down the development of mobile internet and mobile content outside Japan?

It is well known that mobile internet, mobile payments and mobile content business and many other areas of mobile broadband are much more developed in Japan and South Korea than in other countries. NOKIA and Vodafone and some other western mobile phone companies had the opportunity to take part in Japan’s mobile payment systems, mobile… Continue reading Does the "not-invented-here" syndrome slow down the development of mobile internet and mobile content outside Japan?

"Mobile Internet Device will replace Cell Phone! Do you agree?" [from a LinkedIn discussion]

[My answer to a recent LinkedIn discussion group question: “Mobile Internet Device will replace Cell Phone!”] This is too narrow a view. I would say: today’s state of the art cell phones already include the role of internet device + many other functions, mobile internet devices cannot do. 1. For several years practically all Japanese… Continue reading "Mobile Internet Device will replace Cell Phone! Do you agree?" [from a LinkedIn discussion]

iida – a new brand for KDDI’s design series

KDDI created a new brand: “iida” for the long running best selling AU design series mobile phones. KDDI introduced some of the most recent iida design series models at the KDDI Designing Center. In addition to the earlier Yamaha musical instruments phones, KDDI introduced a spectacular phone created by Yayoi Kusama. Fun is the green… Continue reading iida – a new brand for KDDI’s design series

72.5% of all digital mobile TV on this planet earth is in Japan

About 50 million mobile phones equipped with digital terrestrial mobile TV (“oneseg”) have been delivered up until today – not counting “oneseg” tuners for PCs, car navigation units and stand-alone units. Comparing this number with reports of mobile TV roll-out in other countries around the world, we conclude that 72.5% of todays mobile phones with… Continue reading 72.5% of all digital mobile TV on this planet earth is in Japan

Wild differences in operating margins for mobile, TV media groups and electricals

We analyze the effect of the crisis on operating margins in three different sectors in Japan: (1) electronics, (2) mobile communications (3) TV media groups. In sector (1), Nintendo‘s margins are above 30% and increasing despite the crisis, while traditional electronics companies’ margins are evaporating. (2) for mobile operators DoCoMo, KDDI and SoftBank margins are… Continue reading Wild differences in operating margins for mobile, TV media groups and electricals

8 years since commercial start of location based services (LBS) in Japan in July 2001

It will soon be 8 years since DoCoMo started commercial location based services (LBS) for mobile phones in Japan in July 2001. During these 8 years, Japan’s mobile LBS industry has grown and a range of differentiated mobile LBS services has emerged – indicative of how the LBS industry might develop in other countries in… Continue reading 8 years since commercial start of location based services (LBS) in Japan in July 2001

+ 49% y-o-y net profit increase for KDDI

Japan’s telecom operators are a very bright spots in a dismal economic crisis. I think that’s not a coincidence. Why? The deeper purpose of Japan’s location based services, QR-codes, mobile music, e-moji, wallet phones and keitai credit etc. has always been to make mobile phones inseparable from people’s daily lives, so that people would use… Continue reading + 49% y-o-y net profit increase for KDDI

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3G mobile diversity in China

China’s Ministry MIIT granted three different 3G cellphone licenses on January 7, 2009: a TD-SCDMA license to China Mobile (457 million GSM subscribers) a wCDMA license to China Unicom (133 million GSM subscribers) a CDMA2000 license to China Telecom (43 million CDMA subscribers acquired in 2008 from China Unicom, 216 million fixnet phone subscribers, 38… Continue reading 3G mobile diversity in China

Mobile marketing with QR-code

Customized QR code using in-built redundancy to display color and embedded graphics

If your business requires interacting with lots of people in Japan, if you are offering services to consumers, or just as a convenience offered on your business cards – think about QR codes: Eurotechnology Japan blog: Mobile marketing with QR-code Copyright (c) 2013 Eurotechnology Japan KK All Rights Reserved

5 top tips for mobile marketing?

Answering the question: “What are the 5 top tips for mobile marketing” Our company worked for several of the world’s largest consumer companies on mobile marketing here in Tokyo/Japan.- Many of Japan’s mobile trends usually move to Europe and US within about 3-5 years. So here are some tips from our work on mobile marketing… Continue reading 5 top tips for mobile marketing?