au Group wins most new subscribers in October

18 Nov 2003

The Telecommunications Carriers’ Association (TCA) of Japan says 83.91 million mobile phones were in use in the country at the end of October, with KDDI’s au Group securing 52.6%, or 185,900, of all new subscribers during the course of the month. The Group attributed the gains to the strength of its 3G promotion: it ended October with 15,448,400 subscribers, while the KDDI-backed Tu-ka companies had a further 3,687,100 users, down 12,000 month-on-month. Meanwhile, market leader NTT DoCoMo signed up 146,000 new users to end the month with 45,188,000 subscribers, and Vodafone-controlled J-Phone secured 33,200 sales to give it a total of 14,624,300 customers. In the 3G segment, au Group’s CDMA 1X service added 475,900 users, raising its total to 10.66 million, ahead of DoCoMo with 1,337,000 (334,000 net additions), and Vodafone’s Global Standard, which added 5,600 subscribers to 88,600. In the personal handyphone segment PHS users declined by 36,705 to 5,284,333.