By mid 2012, Japan had over 40 million broadband lines in place, making it the third largest broadband country 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 represents about 40% of the world market. These infrastructure deployments and the move to Next Generation Network architecture have driven VoIP subscriptions to over 25 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 which comprise 15% of the total broadband market; FttX subscriptions reach over 22 million comprising 60% of the total market; implementation of strong government policies over a decade results in 90% of households having access to FttX; plans by major service providers to lower the prices for FttX broadband services by up to nearly 40% into 2012; strong growth in WiMAX over the 3 million subscriber mark and a start in field trial for WiMAX-2; continued rise in VoIP usage as traditional fixed-line services decline