Mobile users rise again

10 Oct 2005

Japanese cellcos NTT DoCoMo, KDDI’s au Corp and Vodafone KK have all seen an increase in their customer bases during September. The largest operator, DoCoMo, said it added 124,800 subscribers to take its total to 49.04 million at the end of the month; its 3G subscribers rose by 891,800 to 16.7 million while 2G customers fell by 767,000 to 33.13 million. DoCoMo’s i-mode 2.5G and 3G customer base stood at 45 million at the end of September. The cellco launched the technology in February 1999, and has since struck agreements with cellcos across the world to launch i-mode. The service is now available in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Greece, Israel, Russia and the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, au added a net 165,100 customers to take its total to 20.74 million, with 3G subscribers accounting for 19.55 million of these, up by 249,700. Third placed operator Vodafone KK added 3,300 subscribers to take its base to 14.99 million; 3G customers grew by 163,500 to 1.75 million while 2G users fell by 160,200 to 13.23 million.

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