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.
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;
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