Japan - Telecommunications Infrastructure


Although NTT still dominates Japanese telecoms infrastructure, KDDI and Softbank are steadily taking steps to compete more efficiently and effectively with NTT, and in the past year have seen a substantial advantage over the incumbent in net additions to their networks. All operators have moved to IP-based Next Generation Networks after substantial investments. This report examines Japanese national and international infrastructure including submarine cables; CATV; satellite TV and digital terrestrial TV markets; and cloud computing.

Key Developments:

  • substantial increase in international bandwidth as domestic and international consortiums invest in infrastructure;
  • increased investment in data centres and cloud computing; assessment of infrastructure changes needed for earthquake resistant networks;
  • switchover to digital television;
  • over 50% Cable TV household penetration;
  • green investments in renewable energy facilities
  • ASE submarine cable system brought into service in 2013;
  • SJC submarine cable system became operational in 2013;
  • APG submarine cable system set for launch in late 2014.

Companies covered in this report include:

NTT; KDDI; Softbank; Google; Fujitsu

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Infrastructure developments in Japan
    • 2.1 Overview
  • 3. Fixed-network market
    • 3.1 Market background
    • 3.2 MYLINE Carrier Selection Service (CSS)
      • 3.2.1 MYLINE calling categories
  • 4. International infrastructure
    • 4.1 Submarine cables
      • 4.1.1 Overview
      • 4.1.2 NTT and TransTelecom of Russia (HSCS)
      • 4.1.3 Russia-Japan Cable Network (RJCN)
      • 4.1.4 Trans-Pacific Express Cable Network (TPE)
      • 4.1.5 Pacific Crossing (PC-1)
      • 4.1.6 Google investments
      • 4.1.7 Asia Submarine Express (ASE)
      • 4.1.8 Asia Pacific Gateway (APG)
      • 4.1.9 South-East Asia Japan Cable (SJC)
      • 4.1.10 KDDI landing station
    • 4.2 Satellite
  • 5. Television in Japan
    • 5.1 Overview and statistics
    • 5.2 Pay TV
    • 5.3 Digital TV
    • 5.4 Cable TV (CATV)
    • 5.5 Satellite TV
    • 5.6 Over-the-Top (OTT) / Video-on-Demand (VoD) TV
      • 5.6.1 Hulu
  • 6. Other infrastructure development
    • 6.1 Cloud computing
      • 6.1.1 Japanese company developments
      • 6.1.2 NTT Com / Toshiba alliance
      • 6.1.3 Internet Initiative Japan Inc (IIJ)
    • 6.2 Smart grid
    • 6.3 Smart city project for Tsunami-effected cities in Japan
    • 6.4 Solar power projects
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Japan TV advertising revenue – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 2 – TV receiver fees in Japan – 2014
  • Table 3 – Multichannel pay TV subscribers per platform – 2009 – 2014
  • Table 4 – Cable TV operators – market share – 2009 - 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – Major global/regional submarine cables with landing point in Japan - 2015

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Last updated 3 Jun 2015
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Analyst: Paul Kwon

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