Japan’s mobile operators add 313,600 users in June

7 Jul 2006

Japan was home to 92.87 million mobile users at the end of June, a rise of 313,600 on the previous month. The country’s largest operator NTT DoCoMo boosted its base by 141,000 cellular phone subscribers to 51.67 million, thanks to strong growth at its 3G service FOMA. DoCoMo said the number of people signed up to its UMTS network rose by 855,100 to just under 26.22 million, while the number of 2G users fell by 714,100 to 25.46 million. Second placed KDDI ended June with 25.96 million subscribers, a net gain of 156,000. The group’s au unit accounted for 23.62 million of the total. Meanwhile Vodafone KK, recently purchased by Softbank Corp, had 15.24 million customers by the start of July, a rise of just 16,600 in the month. The number of people using mobile internet access services reached 80.74 million at the end of June. DoCoMo signed up 120,400 new i-mode users to lift its total to 46.82 million, KDDI added 147,800 EZweb users to end June with a total of 21.02 million, and Vodafone reported 700 new Vodafone Live users for a total of 12.89 million.