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Softbank Mobile added more new users than its rivals for the 24th month running in April, aided in part from a price reduction on the Apple iPhone 3G. Data published by the Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA) of Japan showed that Softbank added a net 105,400 contracts last month, keeping its nose just ahead of fourth-placed eMobile with a net gain of 102,800. The TCA said eMobile’s performance was buoyed by the bundling of a low-priced mobile personal computer and a datacard, which attracted both business and residential customers. Market leader DoCoMo took third spot with a net gain of 89,300 and au-branded KDDI Corp gained 57,500. PHS operator Willcom meanwhile, reported a net decrease of 10,600.
According to data published by the Telecommunications Carrier Association (TCA), Japan was home to 106.1 million mobile subscribers by 31 January 2008, thanks to the net addition of 269,000 new connections in the month. The country’s third largest operator by subscribers, Softbank Mobile, once again led the pack in terms of net sign-ups, adding 120,400 new customers to close January with more than 20.12 million subscribers. It was followed by number one operator NTT DoCoMo, which added a net 64,300 new users to reach a total of 54.22 million, while KDDI gained just 12,600 mobile users to end the month with 30.56 million. Fourth placed eMobile signed up an impressive 71,700 net new subscribers to lift its total to 1.19 million and PHS operator Willcom shipped 20,800 customers for a total of 4.55 million.
The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that SoftBank Mobile and eMobile have entered the final stages of negotiations over a tie-up in wireless data communications services in Japan. According to people familiar with the situation, if the deal goes ahead, Softbank Mobile, the country’s third largest mobile operator by subscribers, plans to introduce a flat-rate system for the services, using eMobile’s network. Softbank is looking to launch the new offer in spring 2009 – marking the first mobile virtual network operator deal between telecoms companies in Japan. The tie-up will allow both companies to take on bigger rivals NTT DoCoMo and KDDI in the hotly contested domestic market. In addition, Softbank Mobile plans to boost data-transmission speeds and set the rate for the service close to JPY4,980 (USD55.58) – similar to a two-year deal being proposed by eMobile and the lowest in the Japanese mobile sector.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in Japan has reportedly outlined plans to allocate spectrum for so-called ‘4G’ mobile services to up to four carriers, reversing its original policy of selecting just two or three firms for the available frequencies. The licences, which will allow the winners to deliver data communications speeds comparable to those offered by fibre-optic services, could be up for grabs as early as June 2009. Antara News reports the MIC’s change of heart came after it decided to use a portion of the 1.7GHz band for 4G services instead of just the 1.5GHz band. Japan’s four main wireless operators – NTT DoCoMo, Softbank Mobile, KDDI and eMobile – have all expressed interest in the licences and it now seems likely that these four will each receive one of the new concessions.
Japan’s second largest telecoms group by subscribers KDDI Corp posted operating profits of JPY143.8 billion (USD1.6 billion) for its fiscal third-quarter ended 31 December 2008, up from JPY121.4 billion in the corresponding year earlier period. The operator said the strong growth in profit was the result of lower handset subsidies which counteracted an anticipated slowdown in handset sales; KDDI has maintained its full-year growth forecast despite the global downturn.
Unlike many other telecoms companies that have cut their outlooks in recent months, KDDI has remained strong thanks to the introduction of a new business model that allowed it to cut the costly subsidies it pays to retailers. However, KDDI president Tadashi Onodera has warned that poor handset sales and rising costs have already forced it to up its subsidies and in some cases, sell older handset models for next to nothing as the impact of the economic recession increases. ‘Corporate customers who use phones just for talking have usually been first to cut their usage when the economy turns bad,’ the president told a press briefing. ‘Not only can we not get new subscriptions, but also the chance of service cancellations is not zero.’ Nonetheless, KDDI, reaffirmed its forecast for a JPY443 billion profit in the full year to 31 March 2009, up 10.6% year-on-year, but below a consensus forecast of JPY469 billion in a poll of 18 analysts by Reuters Estimates.
KDDI said its revenue in the period under review dropped 2.4% year-on-year to JPY882.4 billion due to lower average revenue per user (ARPU) and falling handset sales. The dip in revenues surprised the company which had expected to see the positive impact on revenues of new subscriber additions offsetting the drop in ARPU. KDDI has trimmed its FY2008/09 revenue target by 5% to JPY3.5 trillion and cut its target for cellphone sales by nearly 25% to 10.9 million units.
According to data published today by Japan’s Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA), the country’s incumbent mobile operators collectively added a net 400,200 new users last month to end the year with a total 105.825 million mobile subscribers. Softbank Mobile recorded 135,200 net additions last month, compared with 36,000 for KDDI’s ‘au’ brand, and 120,400 for the country’s leading operator by subscribers, DoCoMo. At the start of this year, DoCoMo had 54.16 million customers, ahead of KDDI with 30.55 million and Softbank Mobile with 19.99 million. The market’s newest entrant eMobile added 108,600 new users to end the year with 1.12 million, while the leading PHS operator, Willcom, had 4.57 million customers, up just 1,300 from a month before.