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Interview with Businessweek Editor David Rocks about Masayoshi Son and Japan’s telecom sector

Businessweek Editor David Rocks: “if you would meet Masayoshi Son, what would you ask him? by Gerhard Fasol Businessweek Editor David Rocks came three weeks to Japan to report on Japan’s telecommunications and technology sectors, arrived Friday and took me for dinner Friday night. A few days later David Rocks called me during my lunch […]

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Prepaid phones to be outlawed in Japan (see update below!)

The government coalition in Japan is preparing a law to outlaw prepaid mobile phones. The reason given is that too many prepaid phones are used for crimes, e.g. the “ore ore” fraud. The number of prepaid phones in Japan is very small, but it’s not equally distributed. DoCoMo has almost no prepaid users, and has […]

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SonyEricsson design team presentation & discussion

The SonyEricsson mobile phone design team gave a very impressive presentation of their work at the Swedish Embassy yesterday. Here is Art Director Mr Kawagoi, who created the famous SonyEricsson logo, explaining the messages contained in his creation: Here Swedish Managers of the SonyEricsson Creative Design Center from Lund/Sweden: My conclusion: expect a lot more […]

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Version 8 of the "i-Mode report"

Completed version 8 of the “i-Mode Report” (260 pages, 45 figures, 120 photographs, and 25 tables) Main changes and additions: updated most statistics and graphs added a section on mobile games on i-mode updated the international section updated the 3G section updated the i-mode-FeliCa wallet-phone section corrected many errorsupdated the section on Japan’s telecom landscape: […]

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Ig Nobel Prize for Peace to the inventor of Karaoke

There is a saying the that the Prophet is not recognized within his/her own country – and I think that the inventor of Karaoke, Inoue Daisuke (井上 大佑) is not as famous in his own country as he deserves – but he was now recognized for his outstanding invention by the “Ig Nobel Prize” committee […]

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Vodafone not so big in Japan – The Economist says

The Economist looks at Vodafone’s real situation in Japan’s very advanced and hyper-competitive telecommunications market Vodafone not so big in Japan: Vodafone is struggling to catch up with Docomo’s introduction of 3G in Japan An article in The Economist about Vodafone is partly based on our analysis: Vodafone not so big in Japan: “Vodafone- Not […]

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Prepaid mobile phones in Japan…

Prepaid mobile phones are a huge business in Europe. In Japan prepaid mobile phone numbers are tiny, and NTT’s new CEO just announced that NTT-DoCoMo is planning to stop offering prepaid mobile phones altogether. Find detailed statistics and market shares per operator for Japan’s prepaid market in our report on Japan’s telecommunications sector. Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology […]

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Cable & Wireless Japan acquired by Softbank???!!

Cable & Wireless Japan staged what it said was one of the first “hostile” takeovers in Japan, but then proved to be unable to manage the company they had acquired by Gerhard Fasol On October 26, 2004, Softbank announced the acquisition of Cable & Wireless IDC for YEN 12.3 billion (= US$ 110 million) Cable […]

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Tokyo Game Show TGS2004 (Sept 24-26, 2004): breakthrough for native mobile games

Mobile phone games at the center of TGS2004 by Gerhard Fasol Docomo at the center of attention with JAVA native mobile games for i-Mode The annual “Tokyo Game Show” sets trends and is a must for game professionals and fans. More than 100 companies exhibit. This years highlight is the SONY “PlayStation Portable” – PSP […]

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iTunes versus Chaku-Uta downloads – Mobile Music Rocks…

until mid-2004 KDDI sells more chaku-uta mobile music downloads in Japan than iTunes globally It’s tempting to compare iTunes and Chaku-Uta statistics to get a feel for the meaning of the Motorola-iTunes deal. Here we go: More about Japanese telecom sector and mobile in Japan: Eurotechnology Japan report on Japan’s telecom sector More about Mobile […]

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Global Mobile phone ring tone market

Global mobile phone ring tone market (source: Consect LLC, WSJ) in 2004: W Europe: US$ 1.5 billion (37.5%) Japan: US$ 1.0 billion (24.0%) Korea: US$ 0.5 billion (12.5%) US: US$ 0.3 billion (7.5%) ROW: US$ 0.7 billion (17.5%) ——————————— Total: US$ 4.0 billion (100%) see: “Mobile Music in Japan” (report, pdf file) Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan […]

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21.6 million 3G subscribers in Japan (31 August 2004)

The mobile phone subscriber statistics for August 2004 in Japan came out: 3G subscribers: KDDI/AU: 15,511,800 subscribers, conversion rate to 3G: 86.1% DoCoMo: 5,900,200 subscribers, conversion rate to 3G: 12.6% Vodafone: 237,600 subscribers, conversion rate to 3G: 1.6% Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

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KDDI/AU has 80% of users on 3G

80% of KDDI/AU users are now converted to 3G, and KDDI/AU does not sell any 2G phones any more: only 3G and 3.5G (2.4Mbps data download). Here is KDDI/AU‘s newest 3.5G phone – the W21SA, for 2.4Mbps data download: More about Japan’s mobile telecom sector:Eurotechnology Japan report on Japan’s telecom industry Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All […]

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3G: "Vision, meet reality" (Economist on ITU vision for 3G)

Just read an article in the Economist: “Mobile 3G telecoms: Vision, meet reality” which quotes ITU’s 2000 vision for 3G (ITU = International Telecommunication Union): The device will function as a phone, a computer, a television, a pager, a videoconferencing centre, a newspaper, a diary and even a credit card…it will support not only voice […]

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Wireless Japan 2004 exhibition (Tokyo, July 21-23, 2004)

FeliCa mobile payment wallet phones at the centre of attention by Gerhard Fasol Wireless, mobile phone industry trends years before they reach outside Japan Every year the Wireless Japan sets global trends in wireless communications and mobile phones. Mobile phone industry professionals cannot afford to miss this trend setting show. It is here that Japanese […]

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Internet telecommunications

Wireless TeleMedicine – Technology Trends (presentation at the Zurich Stock Exchange)

Presentation by Gerhard Fasol at First Tuesday Zurich (5 May 2004, 15:15 – 21:30, Swiss Stock Exchange, Zurich, Switzerland) Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

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Mobile telecommunications

Wireless Japan 2003 exhibition (Tokyo, July 16-18, 2003)

Japan shows advanced applications of 3G wireless communications 3G concept phones, 3G video, mobile payment, doorlooking via 3G by Gerhard Fasol Learn more: report on Japan’s telecom sector (269 pages, pdf file): Copyright 1997-2013 Eurotechnology Japan KK All Rights Reserved

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Japan’s Mobile Communications Industry

Presentation at the German Embassy, Tokyo (12 June 2003, 18:30, Residence of HE The Ambassador of Germany, Tokyo) Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·

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Wireless Japan 2002 exhibition (July 17-19, 2002) in Tokyo

Global mobile trends start in Japan by Gerhard Fasol Docomo’s first 3G phones, KDDI brings design to mobile phones The annual Wireless-Japan exhibition highlights the trends of mobile communications in Japan. At Wireless-Japan 2002 KDDI started setting the trend of concept phones. KDDI/AU “Design Project:” Design study for the bestselling “INFOWAR”. The KDDI/AU design study […]

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M-Commerce in Japan

Presentation given by Gerhard Fasol, to the Asia/Pacific – Midwest Business ConferencePanel Presentation “E-commerce in Asia”, on Wednesday April 10, 2002, 8:00-9:30am, organized by the US Department of Commerce and the Illinois District Export Council. Copyright·©1997-2013 ·Eurotechnology Japan KK·All Rights Reserved·