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Japan - Key Statistics, Telecom Market, Regulatory Overview and Forecasts


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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.

Key Developments:

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%

Companies covered in this report include:

NTT; KDDI; Softbank; eAccess


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country Overview
3.1 Background
3.2 Japan’s Economy
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Overview of Japan’s telecom market
4.2 Competition in the market
5. Telecommunications market sectors
5.1 Fixed-line and mobile phones
5.1.1 Fixed-line and IP telephony statistics
5.2 Internet and broadband
5.3 Internet statistics
5.3.1 Japan in global terms
5.3.2 Japan Internet users
6. Forecasts
6.1 Forecast fixed line subscribers – 2013 - 2014; 2018
6.2 Forecasting methodology
7. Regulatory environment
7.1 Major stages of reform – industry
7.2 Major stages of reform – Broadband
7.3 Major stages of reform – ‘New ICT strategy’
7.4 The MPHPT/MIC
7.5 Radio Regulatory Council
7.6 Telecommunications Council
7.7 Telecommunications Carriers Association
7.8 Japan Internet Providers’ Association (JAIPA)
7.9 Universal Service Fund Obligation
8. Policy interventions and outcomes
8.1 Government investment in infrastructure
8.2 Skill building, education and demand programs
8.3 Competition policy
8.4 Network non-discrimination
8.5 Spectrum policy
9. E-government
9.1 Overview
9.2 Comprehensive government decisions on e-government
9.3 Promotion of online use of administrative procedures
9.4 Promotion of electronic provision of government information
9.5 Promotion of activities to publicise and disseminate e-government
9.6 Promotion of optimisation of work and systems
9.7 Improvement of government procurement related to information systems
9.8 Promotion of information security measures
9.9 Promotion of local e-governments
9.10 Status 2010
10. Related reports
Table 1 – Country statistics Japan – 2013
Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2012
Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – December 2012
Table 4 – Internet user statistics – March 2012
Table 5 – Broadband statistics – December 2012
Table 6 – Mobile statistics – December 2012
Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 – Percentage share of global GDP – 1991; 2014
Table 9 – Telecoms service revenue – 1985; 1989; 1993; 1997; 2001; 2006 - 2011
Table 10 – Number of competitive telecommunications carriers: 1985; 1989; 1993; 1997; 2001; 2005 - 2012
Table 11 – Number of telecommunications carriers in Japan – September 2012
Table 12 – Subscribers and penetration: fixed-line versus mobile – 1993 - 2014
Table 13 – Fixed-line subscribers by technology – 1997 - 2012
Table 14 – Broadband subscribers and population penetration – 2005 - 2012
Table 15 – Carrier share of broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2010
Table 16 – Internet users, growth and penetration rate – 1998 - 2012
Table 17 – Forecast fixed line subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2013-2014; 2018
Table 18 – Forecast fixed line subscribers and penetration - higher band: 2013-2014; 2018
Table 19 – Broadband household connectivity and service availability – 2006 - 2008; 2011
Chart 1 – Japan fixed-line and mobile subscribers – 1993 - 2014
Chart 2 – Internet penetration rate of key countries – June 2012
Exhibit 1 – Map of Japan

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