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Japan - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses


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Japan - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

Japan's telecommunications sector is one of the most developed markets in the world. Japan's telecoms market is characterised by customers possessing a willingness to adopt new technologies combined with an increasingly sophisticated interest in the wider application of telephone lines.

Moving towards 2017 Japan's market is served by three multi-service operators offering fixed-line telephony, fixed broadband access, mobile voice telephony, mobile broadband access and pay TV services.

Japan's fixed line market is dominated by incumbent operator NTT. However with a saturated fixed-line telephone subscriber market (on a per household basis), mobile has emerged as the major force in Japan's telecoms market. The emphasis on mobile has allowed new market entrants to enter and grow in the market despite NTT's dominance of the fixed market.

The number of broadband lines in Japan has shown stagnant growth in recent years due to the increasing availability and affordability of mobile broadband platforms. This has taken away much of the traffic due to the convenience associated with mobility and the ability to support delivery of popular internet content and applications. Moving into 2017, DSL subscribers continued to decline as customers continue to shift to FttH.

This report presents a range of key statistical indicators as well as an overview of the Japanese telecommunications regulatory environment.



Key Developments:



KDDI acquired Japanese fixed broadband provider BIGLOBE.

SoftBank Group secured significant funding for its London, UK-based tech start-up Vision Fund.

Softbank Telecom partnered with Alibaba Group to co-develop public cloud computing services.

NTT Corp announced plans to collaborate on the development of next generation 5G wireless technologies



Companies covered in this report include:



NTT; KDDI; Softbank Mobile, Internet Initiative Japan.


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Telecommunications market
3.1 Market Overview and Analysis
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
4.3.7 Wholesale / Pricing
4.4 Access
4.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
4.5.1 MYLINE calling categories
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 International expansion
5.2 KDDI Corporation
5.2.1 Company Overview
5.2.2 Business strategy
5.2.3 Financial statistics
5.3 Softbank Corporation
5.3.1 Company background
5.4 Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ)
5.4.1 Company overview and background
5.4.2 Financial statistics
6. Telecommunications infrastructure
6.1 Overview of the national telecom network
6.2 NTT NGN
6.3 Submarine cables
6.3.1 Overview
6.3.2 NTT and TransTelecom of Russia (HSCS)
6.3.3 Russia-Japan Cable Network (RJCN)
6.3.4 Trans-Pacific Express Cable Network (TPE)
6.3.5 Pacific Crossing (PC-1)
6.3.6 Google investments
6.3.7 Asia Submarine Express (ASE)
6.3.8 Asia Pacific Gateway (APG)
6.3.9 South-East Asia Japan Cable (SJC)
6.3.10 KDDI landing station
6.4 Satellite
6.5 Specific IT developments
6.5.1 Cloud Computing
7. Smart infrastructure
7.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
7.2 Smart grids
7.2.1 Solar power projects
7.3 Smart cities
7.3.1 Smart city project for Tsunami-effected cities in Japan
7.3.2 Fujisawa
8. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics Japan 2016
Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016
Table 3 Internet user statistics 2016
Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016
Table 5 Mobile statistics 2016
Table 6 National telecommunications authorities
Table 7 Fixed line - Subscribers and penetration 1993 - 2016
Table 8 NTT major shareholders
Table 9 NTT financial data 2000 2017
Table 10 NTT proportion of operating revenue by segment 2010 2016
Table 11 NTT subscribers by service 2015 - 2016
Table 12 NTT video service subscribers 2009 - 2016
Table 13 KDDI financial data 2001 - 2016
Table 14 KDDI total capital expenditure on mobile and fixed line 2005 - 2016
Table 15 Softbank major shareholders
Table 16 IIJ revenue and net income 2006 - 2016
Chart 1 Japan fixed-line subscribers 2005 - 2016
Exhibit 1 NTT Group structure
Exhibit 2 Softbank operations
Exhibit 3 Major global/regional submarine cables with landing point in Japan

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