KDDI makes most of MNP in November

7 Dec 2006

Japan’s second largest mobile operator by subscribers, KDDI Corp, reported a net increased of 325,000 users in November – the first full month under the new mobile number portability (MNP) regime – its biggest single net monthly gain since March this year. By contrast the number one player NTT DoCoMo reported a net loss of 17,500 customers, while Softbank Mobile, the wireless unit of Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son’s Softbank Corp, added a net 68,700 users. In a press release Softbank Mobile reported 483,800 net additions for its 3G network, but this was offset by net losses of 415,100 on its older 2G network. KDDI ended November with a 28.5% share of the mobile market, while DoCoMo had 55.2% and Softbank Mobile, 16.3%.

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