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Japan - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

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. Despite this incumbent operator NTT Corp continues to exert strong control over the market. This report presents a range of key statistical indicators 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;
Government policies drive broadband household penetration above 70%.

Companies covered in this report include:

NTT; KDDI; Softbank Mobile, Internet Initiative Japan


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
4. Regulatory environment
4.1 Historic overview
4.2 Regulatory authority
4.2.1 The MPHPT/MIC
4.2.2 Radio Regulatory Council
4.2.3 Telecommunications Council
4.2.4 Telecommunications Carriers Association
4.2.5 Japan Internet Providers' Association (JAIPA)
4.3 Government policies
4.3.1 Government investment in infrastructure
4.3.2 Skill building, education and demand programs
4.3.3 Competition policy
4.3.4 Network non-discrimination
4.3.5 Spectrum policy
4.3.6 Broadband Policy
4.4 Interconnect
4.5 Access
4.6 Fibre access
4.7 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.7.1 MYLINE calling categories
4.8 Number Portability (NP)
4.9 Universal Service Fund Obligation
5. Fixed network operators
5.1 NTT Corporation
5.1.1 Company Overview
5.1.2 Financial statistics
5.1.3 Operational statistics
5.1.4 Government intervention
5.1.5 Business strategy
5.1.6 International expansion
5.2 KDDI Corporation
5.2.1 Company Overview
5.2.2 Business strategy
5.2.3 Financial statistics
5.3 Softbank Mobile Corporation
5.3.1 Company background
5.4 Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ)
5.4.1 Company overview and background
5.4.2 Financial statistics
5.4.3 Operations statistics
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
6.2 NTT NGN
6.3 International infrastructure (satellite, submarine)
6.4 Submarine cables
6.4.1 Overview
6.4.2 NTT and TransTelecom of Russia (HSCS)
6.4.3 Russia-Japan Cable Network (RJCN)
6.4.4 Trans-Pacific Express Cable Network (TPE)
6.4.5 Pacific Crossing (PC-1)
6.4.6 Google investments
6.4.7 Asia Submarine Express (ASE)
6.4.8 Asia Pacific Gateway (APG)
6.4.9 South-East Asia Japan Cable (SJC)
6.4.10 KDDI landing station
6.5 Satellite
6.6 Cloud computing
6.6.1 NTT
6.6.2 Fujitsu
6.6.3 NTT Com / Toshiba alliance
6.6.4 Internet Initiative Japan Inc (IIJ)
6.7 Smart Grids
6.7.1 Solar power projects
6.8 Smart city project for Tsunami-effected cities in Japan
7. 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 Subscribers and penetration: fixed-line versus mobile 1993 - 2016
Table 8 NTT major shareholders March 2015
Table 9 NTT financial data 2000 2015
Table 10 NTT proportion of operating revenue by segment 2010 2016
Table 11 NTT subscribers by service March 2015
Table 12 NTT video service subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 13 KDDI financial data 2001 - 2015
Table 14 KDDI total capital expenditure on mobile and fixed line 2005 - 2015
Table 15 Softbank major shareholders September 2014
Table 16 IIJ revenue and net income 2006 - 2016
Table 17 Internet Initiative Japan MVNO subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 18 Internet Initiative Japan IP subscribers 2010 - 2015
Chart 1 Japan fixed-line and mobile subscribers 1993 - 2016
Chart 2 NTT Group revenue and capex 2003 2016
Chart 3 KDDI revenue, capex and ARPU 2006 - 2015
Exhibit 1 NTT Group structure March 2015
Exhibit 2 Softbank operations
Exhibit 3 Major global/regional submarine cables with landing point in Japan - 2015

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