According to data published by the Telecommunications Carrier Association (TCA) last Friday, Japan was home to 106.48 million mobile subscribers by 28 February 2009, thanks to the net addition of 387,500 new connections in the month. The country’s third largest operator by subscribers, Softbank Mobile, once again led the pack – for the 22nd month in succession – adding a net 131,000 new users, thanks to the popularity of its handsets. It closed out the month with a total of 20.25 million subscribers, while number one player NTT DoCoMo reported 103,100 net additions to reach a total of 54.32 million. Japan’s second largest mobile company by subscribers, KDDI, added a net 56,900 new customers in February to lift its total to 30.62 million, while eMobile signed up 96,500 new subscribers for a total of 1.28 million. The country’s leading PHS provider Willcom gained 8,300 subscribers last month to boost its user base to 4.56 million.