Japan - Mobile Communications - 3G and 4G

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Last updated: 4 Aug 2005 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 10

Analyst: Paul Budde

Synopsis

Archived report: this report was archived September 2005 and has not been updated. Though NTT DoCoMo offered the world’s first Third Generation (3G) mobile phone service in late 2001, KDDI has become the dominant force in the 3G market in Japan. Nevertheless, NTT’s FOMA service began making impressive strides in 2004 and into 2005. The third player in the Japanese 3G market, Vodafone K.K. (formerly J-Phone) entered the 3G market in December 2002, though the company only had about 260,000 3G subscribers entering 2005. Softbank, NTT Com and eAccess are eagerly seeking entry into the 3G market. This report examines one of the world’s top 3G markets, with over 33 million 3G subscribers by June 2005, and also looks at plans for 4G services in Japan.

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