KDDI rides 3G wave

1 Aug 2003

KDDI’s financial report for the first quarter of 2003/04 reveals that the company made a net profit of JPY43.93 billion on the back of revenues of JPY689.7 billion. The company only began reporting quarterly statistics in October last year and has not opted to release no pro forma figures for the same period of 2002/03. However, a net profit figure of JPY20.45 billion for the first half of 2002/03 shows just how far the company has improved; assuming sales were spread evenly over the six month period profit has jumped by a staggering 330%. KDDI’s wireless arm, known as ‘au’, was responsible for JPY425.61 billion worth of sales in the three months to 30 June 2003, compared to first half revenues in the previous year of JPY806.53 billion. At the end of June 2003 ‘au’ had a combined subscriber base of 14.67 million; of these 8.57 million were connected to its cdma2000 1X network with the remainder using its cdmaOne infrastructure. On 22 July KDDI connected its nine millionth customer to the 3G network. By contrast NTT DoCoMo’s 3G offering FOMA had 534,800 users while J-Phone’s W-CDMA offering claimed just 55,400 users. Combined, at the end of June 2003 3G customers accounted for almost 12% of the total Japanese wireless customer base.

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