Japan’s NTT DoCoMo recorded the most net new subscriber gains in the fiscal year ended 31 March 2010 – the first time it has topped the pile in four years – according to data published yesterday by the Telecommunications Carriers Association of Japan. DoCoMo signed up a net 1.481 million new contracts, driven by the popularity of handsets that can be linked to PCs for data communications purposes, the TCA said. The cellco beat Softbank Mobile into second position, which reported a net increase of more than 1.243 million new users; Softbank had topped the list in each of the two previous years. Third place was claimed by KDDI Corp, with a net increase of 1.029 million, followed by eMobile with 941,600. Meanwhile, PHS operator Willcom Inc posted a net decrease of 450,900 subscribers over the period under review.