Japan’s Mobile Space Not Saturated

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Mobile Industry Resilient to the downturn (CNBC TV interview)

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Market caps of companies in mobile: global vs local

Google, Apple, Nokia, HTC, Vodafone and are winning the driver’s seat of the global internet revolution. DoCoMo, KDDI and SoftBank essentially stay inside Japan for now – limiting their growth prospects and leaving global opportunities to others. GOOGLE with Android and APPLE with iPhone are reaching for the driver’s seat of the global mobile data […]

SoftBank and KDDI win market share, Docomo loses

SoftBank from 4th to 1st position within less than 12 months… SoftBank‘s turn-round of x-Vodafone-Japan, went faster than many expected. Within less than 12 months SoftBank went from last place to first place in customer sign-ups, overtaking even KDDI‘s super-popular AU. Willcom recently suffers from SoftBank‘s revival, as well as from eMobile‘s flat rate data […]

First half FY2008 results: SoftBank and KDDI profits increase, DoCoMo’s trends is downward

In the last few days NTT, NTT-DoCoMo, KDDI and SoftBank announced their first half financial results. SoftBank and KDDI are the winners both for market share and for profits, while DoCoMo‘s results and market shares are sinking, and pulling the NTT-Group down at this time. Extrapolation indicates that DoCoMo‘s net profits may fall into the […]

"Help – my mobile phone does not work!" – Why Japan’s mobile phone sector is so different from Europe’s

Presentation at the Lunch meeting of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Japan (FCCJ) on March 16, 2007 at the Westin Hotel, Tokyo. Find the summary and photos of the meeting here The presentation is not available any longer on the FCCJ website however you can download our report about Japan’s telecom sector. An abbreviated […]

Mobile payment and the future of money (presentation at CLSA Japan Forum)

Can e-money and mobile payment replace cash? Example: mobile payment for the world’s busiest train line CLSA – Asia-Pacific Markets – last week organized the “CLSA Japan Forum” here in Tokyo. About 800-1000 investment bankers, portfolio managers, investors, analysts came together. Since last year interest of global investors in Japan has increased a lot. Eurotechnology […]

Mobile subscriptions grow by 5 million in Japan during 2006

Japan’s mobile subscriber numbers grew by about 5 million in 2006. Because of the much higher ARPU, Japan’s mobile market again grew by a couple of Finlands during 2006. A growing number of people have more than one mobile phone, to take advantage of the best rates, eg for mail, voice and data. We expect […]

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in Japan

Mobile number portability created winners and losers in only two months – the main business challenge for Japanese operators is to avoid a price war. KDDI is the clear winner in the first round, DoCoMo suffers a setback, and SoftBank (which acquired Vodafone-Japan) did better than expected. Today we released the 23rd edition of our […]

NEW YEAR on i-Mode and EZ-web

Both docomo’s i-Mode and KDDI’s EZweb top menu pages display Season Greetings and reflect Japan’s seasonal mood: autumn sports days in schools, skiing in winter, Halloween and New Year. Here are this year’s New Year greetings for the Year of the boar on i-mode and EZweb which were displayed from January 1, 2007 for a […]

Yahoo!-keitai replaces Vodafone-Live!

SoftBank replaced Vodafone-Live! by Yahoo!-Keitai. SoftBank phones have a “Y!”-button which links to Yahoo!-keitai. Yahoo-Keitai! offers a list of official sites, new services (e.g. a new communicator service), and also access to free mobile internet sites through the YAHOO directory, as well as access to YAHOO services, such as YAHOO-auctions. YAHOO!-keitai is a fresh start […]

3G RAZR for DoCoMo and i-Mode

At the Wireless Japan Exhibition, DoCoMo showed two types of Motorola’s RAZR phone for 3G: one RAZR purely for 3G, including i-Mode, for DoCoMo’s FOMA 3G service. This phone has similar dimensions as the standard US version of RAZR (shown on the left hand side of the image below) a second, much thicker version of […]

DoCoMo speeds up 3G by 10 times

DoCoMo has upgraded radio networks to 3.6 Mbps in the Tokyo region, and NEC’s N902iX handsets will be released very shortly. DoCoMo has upgraded 3G networks in the Tokyo region to 3.6 Mbps (data download) in the Tokyo region using HSDPA technology (HSDPA = High-Speed Downlink Packet Access), and will soon sell NEC’s N902iX handsets. […]

NTT Docomo CEO: Wall Street Journal “Leadership Question of the Week” – Japanese leadership

Learning from Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, NTT Docomo CEO NTT Docomo CEO: Japanese leadership in the Wall Street Journal Wall Street Journal, in the section “Leadership Question of the Week”, on Monday June 12, 2006 on page 31, published an article I wrote about a very extraordinary experience I had several years ago at the German […]

BlackBerry for Japan

DoCoMo plans to sell BlackBerry to corporates in Japan With the RiM/NTP patent infringement lawsuit settled with a US$612.5 million payment, DoCoMo and Research in Motion (RiM) announced on June 8, 2006 that DoCoMo plans to start selling BlackBerry in Japan from autumn 2006 to corporate customers. Will RiM invest US$ 612.5 million to build […]

Blackberry comes to Japan (interview for Red Herring)

On June 8, 2006, DoCoMo and Research in Motion (RiM) announced that DoCoMo will start marketing RiM’s BlackBerry to corporate customers from autumn 2006. DoCoMo will offer a version of BlackBerry which will use wCDMA (FOMA) 3G network connection in Japan, and will also be able to operate on legacy GSM/GPRS networks which are still […]

Why Japan is several years ahead of Europe in telecoms and broadband?

Briefing at the European Union Embassy following Vodafone’s failure in Japan and what Europe can do to catch up? Today (March 23, 2006) I was invited to brief the Technology Attaches of the Embassies of the 25 European Union countries here in Tokyo about the topic “Why Japan is several years ahead of Europe in […]

Why are keitai so hot in Japan?

Innovations in Japan’s mobile phone sector Why is Japan’s telecommunications sector leading? Seminar announcement The European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS Academy in Tokyo) of the Stockholm School of Economics will hold a seminar in Tokyo-Marunochi on Thursday, February 16, 2006: Topic: “Why are Mobile Phones (Keitai) so hot in Japan? – and How European […]

Japan’s mobile operators’ profits

Overall Japanese mobile operators generate on the order of US$ 10 Billion/year in profits with a rising tendency. US$ 10 Billion/year profits attract three new entrants to Japan’s mobile markets (eMobile, YAHOO-BB and IP-mobile), mobile virtual operators, and attracted Vodafone to acquire J-Phone some time ago. DoCoMo’s domestic profits in particular have been continuously rising […]

Japan’s full 2005 cellphone subscriber data

Japan’s 2005 cellphone subscriber data show: Japan’s cellphone market continues to grow by more than 4.5 million subscriptions/year DoCoMo and KDDI are continuing their head-to-head race Since June 2005 Vodafone is consistently gaining customers again (but losing market share) Willcom’s turn-round is continuing, and Willcom is consistently gaining market share. Willcom is outperforming Vodafone as […]

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