Figures published by the Telecommunications Carrier Association (TCA) of Japan show that the country’s largest mobile operator NTT DoCoMo slipped to fourth place in terms of net additions for September, behind Softbank Mobile, KDDI and eMobile. Softbank led the pack yet again, with 108,000 net new additions for a total of 21.32 million by end-September. It beat KDDI’s au Corporation into second place which amassed 102,300 new customers for a total of 31.23 million, while eMobile signed up 88,200 net new users for 1.89 million. However, DoCoMo struggled with just 66,000 net additions for a month-end total of 55.19 million. The country’s leading PHS provider Willcom lost a net 42,300 accounts last month, trimming its total to 4.44 million subscribers. On a more positive note, the PHS operator said the number of people using its ‘Core 3G’ service rose to 59,600 from 52,700 in August.