Japan has been active in regulating its telecommunication industry to reduce the monopoly of NTT, and to introduce more effective competition. This has resulted in an increase to the number and size of competitors, reduced prices and facilitated the introduction of innovative telecoms applications. This report gives an overview of the operating environment within Japan, and describes the major players as they stand today. In addition to giving an overview of company history, the report reviews financial and operating data with ARPU figures and discusses current and future company strategies.
Solid capital expenditure by all operators; trend towards increased smartphone usage; network dimensioning to cater for increased data usage; increasing uptake of IPTV services; strong FttX deployment accompanied by reduced pricing; investment in mobile apps capability; eMobile acquired by Softbank; Softbank gains a 70% stake in US operator Sprint