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


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

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 / 4G 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
7.10 Restraints on NTT
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 - 2012
10. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Japan 2013
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2012
Table 3 Telephone network statistics December 2013
Table 4 Internet user statistics December 2013
Table 5 Broadband statistics December 2013
Table 6 Mobile statistics December 2013
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Japan's GDP real growth rate 2008 - 2015
Table 9 Percentage share of global GDP 1991; 2014
Table 10 Telecoms service revenue 1985; 1989; 1993; 1997; 2001; 2006 - 2012
Table 11 No. of competitive telecoms carriers: 1985; 1989; 1993; 1997; 2001; 2005 - 2013
Table 12 Number of telecommunications carriers in Japan September 2012
Table 13 Subscribers and penetration: fixed-line versus mobile 1993 - 2014
Table 14 Fixed-line subscribers by technology 1997 - 2014
Table 15 Broadband subscribers and population penetration 2005 - 2013
Table 16 Carrier share of broadband subscribers 2005 - 2010
Table 17 Internet users, growth and penetration rate 1998 - 2013
Table 18 Forecast fixed-line subscribers and penetration 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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