Japan’s telecommunications sector is one of the most active markets in the world. Into 2013 the country was witnessing the continued growth of VoIP and strong competition among the mobile operators in the 3G segment of the market. Japan had also become the fourth country to introduce LTE services with NTT DoCoMo leading the charge. Especially noteworthy has been the continued strong uptake of FttH services (with a corresponding move away from DSL) and the big strides taken in developing digital and mobile broadcasting. The telecommunications regulatory authorities in Japan have been very active in shaping the industry in this country. The control that the incumbent operator, NTT Corp, has continued to exert over virtually all local customers remains a particular challenge for the regulator. This report presents a range of key statistical indicators and fixed-line forecasts to 2018 as well as an overview of the Japanese telecommunications regulatory environment.
Continued decline in traditional fixed-line services; high FttX deployment and accompanying VoIP uptake; 3G uptake starting to decline from nearly 100% as LTE take-up accelerates; government policies drive broadband household penetration above 70%