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

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

Japan's telecommunications sector is one of the most developed markets in the world. Moving towards 2016 Japan's market is served by three multi-service operators offering fixed-line telephony, fixed broadband Internet access, mobile voice telephony, mobile broadband Internet access and pay TV services.

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 notewort hy 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


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
5.2 Internet and broadband
5.3 Internet statistics
5.3.1 Japan Internet users
6. Regulatory environment
6.1 Major stages of reform industry
6.2 Major stages of reform Broadband
6.3 Major stages of reform New ICT strategy'
6.4 The MPHPT/MIC
6.5 Radio Regulatory Council
6.6 Telecommunications Council
6.7 Telecommunications Carriers Association
6.8 Japan Internet Providers' Association (JAIPA)
6.9 Universal Service Fund Obligation
6.10 Restraints on NTT
7. Policy interventions and outcomes
7.1 Government investment in infrastructure
7.2 Skill building, education and demand programs
7.3 Competition policy
7.4 Network non-discrimination
7.5 Spectrum policy
8. E-government
8.1 Overview
8.2 Comprehensive government decisions on e-government
8.3 Promotion of online use of administrative procedures
8.4 Promotion of electronic provision of government information
8.5 Promotion of activities to publicise and disseminate e-government
8.6 Promotion of optimisation of work and systems
8.7 Improvement of government procurement related to information systems
8.8 Promotion of information security measures
8.9 Promotion of local e-governments
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Japan 2015
Table 2 Telephone network statistics January 2015
Table 3 Internet user statistics January 2015
Table 4 Broadband statistics January 2015
Table 5 Mobile statistics January 2015
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Japan's GDP real growth rate 2008 - 2015
Table 8 Subscribers and penetration: fixed-line versus mobile 1993 - 2016
Table 9 Broadband subscribers and population penetration 2005 - 2015
Table 10 Internet users, growth and penetration rate 1998 - 2015
Chart 1 Japan fixed-line and mobile subscribers 1993 - 2016
Exhibit 1 Map of Japan

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