3G services stem 2G growth

11 Nov 2003

According to figures released today by Japan’s Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA), demand for 2.5G and 3G services has all but killed growth in the 2G market. The figures show that KDDI’s au Group added 457,900 new customers to its CDMA2000 1X network during October to take its total to 10.66 million, while NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone netted 334,000 and 5,000 new users respectively for their W-CDMA services, taking their network totals to 1.38 million and 88,600. Bar one exception, all the 2G players reported a decrease in customers, with au taking the hardest hit, losing 272,000 cdmaOne customers, closely followed by NTT DoCoMo, which saw a 188,000 drop in its PDC customer base. The TU-KA Group reported a loss of 12,000 customers during the course of the month, reinforcing its position as the smallest player in the market, while Vodafone managed to buck the prevailing trend, adding 27,600 PDC customers to take its total to 14.53 million. At the end of October 2003 Japan was home to 78.95 million wireless subscribers, translating to a mobile penetration of 62.1%. According to PriMetrica’s GlobalComms database this figure places Japan seventh highest in the Asia-Pacific region behind Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and South Korea.

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