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Japan - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Japan - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Mobile subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2022 due to a highly mature and highly competitive market. The market will be driven by the uptake of both 4G LTE and 5G services.

Japan's mobile market is dominated by three major operators NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank Mobile. However the Japanese government was looking to open its mobile market up to new players for 5G services. This could result in the entry of new players, even those from outside the traditional telecoms space, and potential foreign players, including those looking to target the Internet of Things, virtual reality and automotive applications. Japan's largest e-commerce company is working on plans to build its own nationwide 4G mobile network, throwing down a challenge to the long-established dominance of the three incumbents with an aim to launch commercially in 2019.

Mobile broadband subscriber growth is expected to be relatively low over the next five years to 2022 due to a highly mature mobile subscribers market, with the vast majority of subscribers already having wireless broadband access.

The three carriers plan on launching 5G services commercially in 2020, with DOCOMO targeting nationwide coverage by 2023. The anticipated surge in interest for IoT and related technologies such as driverless cars is expected to help fuel a boom in spending.

Key Developments:

The three carriers plan on launching 5G services commercially in 2020.

DOCOMO is targeting nationwide 5G coverage by 2023.

The anticipated surge in interest for IoT and related technologies will fuel a boom in spending.

Companies covered in this report include:

NTT DoCoMo; KDDI; Softbank; eAccess, eMobile; Willcom;


1. Synopsis
2. Market Overview and Analysis
2.1 Background
3. Mobile statistics and forecast
4. Mobile broadband statistics and forecast
5. Regulatory issues
5.1 Licensing
5.1.1 3G
5.1.2 LTE
6. Mobile infrastructure
6.1 Digital networks
6.1.1 PDC
6.1.2 CDMA
6.1.3 3G
6.1.4 LTE
6.1.5 LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)
6.1.6 5G Networks
6.2 Other infrastructure developments
6.2.1 VoLTE
6.3 IoT and M2M networks
7. Major mobile operators
7.1 Operators
7.2 Entry of New Mobile Providers
7.3 NTT DoCoMo
7.3.1 Company overview
7.3.2 Financial statistics
7.3.3 ARPU statistics
7.3.4 Operational statistics
7.3.5 International investments
7.4 KDDI
7.5 Softbank Mobile
7.5.1 Financial and Operational statistics
8. Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
8.1.1 IIJ
8.1.2 JCI
9. Mobile Content and Applications
10. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 2 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Table 3 Mobile subscribers in Japan by operator and market share 2017
Table 4 Historic - Carrier share of mobile telephone and PHS market 2004 - 2011
Table 5 NTT DoCoMo major shareholders
Table 6 NTT DoCoMo revenue, net income, capex and EBITDA 2005 2017
Table 7 NTT DoCoMo ARPU and churn 2004 2017
Table 8 NTT DoCoMo subscribers (thousands) 2011 - 2017
Table 9 KDDI - ARPU and churn 2001 2017
Table 10 KDDI mobile subscribers 2011 - 2017
Table 11 Softbank subscribers (millions) by segment 2007 2017
Table 12 Softbank financial data 1995 2017
Table 13 Softbank mobile ARPU and churn 2004 - 2017
Chart 1 Mobile Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Chart 2 Mobile Broadband Subscribers and Penetration (with Forecast) 2007 - 2022
Exhibit 1 NTT DoCoMo investment in international operators

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