Japan - Broadband Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts
By end-2012, Japan had around 40 million fixed broadband services in place, making it the third largest broadband market in the world after the US and China. Much of the success of broadband in Japan is owed to the stunning growth surge that occurred back in 2003 on the back of DSL broadband technology. Since then Japan has established the second largest FttX market at around 30% of the world market after China which, in turn, represents about 40% of the global market. These infrastructure deployments and the move to Next Generation Network architecture have at the same time driven VoIP subscriptions to over 30 million with Softbank and NTT taking the market lead. Japan has also been an early adopter of triple-play models which provide TV, broadband internet and voice telephony as packaged services from a single provider. This report provides an overview of the broadband market and the available access methods including cable modem, DSL, FttX and wireless broadband. BuddeComm forecasts on broadband and FttH are included up to 2017.
continued decline in DSL subscriptions, dropping to 14% of the total fixed broadband market; FttX subscriptions comprise 60% of the total market; implementation of strong government policies over a decade see 90% of households with access to FttX; major service providers lowering the prices for FttX broadband services; strong growth in WiMAX sees the 4 million subscriber mark passed; start on field trials for WiMAX-2; continued rise in VoIP usage as traditional fixed-line services decline.