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Japan - Broadband Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts


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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.

Key Developments:

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.

Companies covered in this report include:

NTT; KDDI; Softbank; eAccess; J:COM; USEN; KDDI; UQ Communications; Hulu; K-Opticom; Tepco


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband market
2.1 Background
2.2 Overview
2.3 Broadband statistics
2.3.1 Aggregate broadband subscribers
2.3.2 Broadband subscribers by access type
2.3.3 Internet bandwidth (international)
2.4 Forecast broadband subscribers: 2012-2013; 2017
2.5 Electric power utilities
3. Broadband policy
3.1 Overview
3.2 Regulatory framework
3.3 U-Japan
3.4 New IT reform strategy
3.5 Next Generation Broadband strategy FY 2010
3.6 Japan's New Generation Network
4. Broadband Technologies
4.1 Overview
4.2 Broadband charges into 2012
4.3 Cable modems
4.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
4.4.1 Background
4.4.2 Statistics
4.5 Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH)
4.5.1 Background
4.5.2 Statistics
4.6 Forecast FttX subscribers: 2012-2013; 2017
4.6.1 Forecasting methodology
4.7 World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)
4.7.1 WiMAX auction
4.7.2 UQ Communications
4.7.3 WiMAX 2
4.7.4 Willcom
4.8 Broadband Internet via satellite
4.9 Mobile broadband
5. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
5.1 Background
5.2 Statistics
6. Internet Protocol TV (IPTV)
6.1 Hulu
6.2 Softbank acquisitions
7. Broadband Survey results
7.1 2008
7.2 2009
7.3 2010
8. Related reports
Table 1 Broadband subscribers and households 2012
Table 2 Broadband subscribers and market share by access type 2012
Table 3 Fixed broadband subscribers by access type 1998 2013
Table 4 Fixed broadband subscriber annual change and market share by access type 2001 - 2012
Table 5 Broadband internet access from the home by technology type 1998 2013
Table 6 Total international internet bandwidth 2003 - 2013
Table 7 Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration lower band: 2012-2013; 2017
Table 8 Forecast broadband subscribers and penetration higher band: 2012-2013; 2017
Table 9 Broadband household connectivity and service availability 2006 - 2008; 2011
Table 10 Tariffs for broadband services 2008
Table 11 DSL subscribers and market share by operator June 2012
Table 12 FttH subscribers and market share by operator June 2012
Table 13 Change in ARPU from FttH 2005 - 2010
Table 14 Forecast FttX subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2012-2013; 2017
Table 15 Forecast FttX subscribers and penetration - higher band: 2012-2012; 2017
Table 16 WiMAX subscribers (BWA) - UQ Communications: 2009 - 2012
Table 17 Mobile broadband subscribers 2009 - 2013
Table 18 VoIP subscribers and annual change 2004 - 2012
Table 19 VoIP subscribers and market share by operator June 2012
Table 20 IPTV subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 21 NTT services and charges 2009
Table 22 NTT video service subscribers 2009 - 2013
Chart 1 Japan fixed broadband subscribers and population penetration 2000 - 2013
Chart 2 Japan cable modem subscribers and population penetration 1998 - 2013
Chart 3 Japan DSL subscribers and population penetration 1999 - 2013
Chart 4 Japan FttX subscribers and population penetration 2002 - 2013
Exhibit 1 Differences between NXGN and NWGN
Exhibit 2 Representative charges per service in Tokyo 2008
Exhibit 3 NTT IPTV services and features 2009 - 2010

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