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Japanese mobile subs edge towards 110 million

09 октября 2009

Japan's mobile customer base reached 109.63 million at the end of September, driven in the main by number two and three players KDDI and Softbank.

Third-placed Softbank recorded the most new additions last month with 108,000, taking its total customer base to 21.32 million, according to new figures published this week by Japan's Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA). KDDI accounted for 102,300 of the newcomers, raising its subs base to 31.23 million.

However, it was a disappointing month for market leader NTT DoCoMo.

The mobile giant is still some way ahead of its rivals with a 55.19 million-strong subscriber base, but it added just 66,000 new users in the 30 days.

Even minnow and market newcomer eMobile reported stronger growth than DoCoMo: the addition of 88,200 new customers raised eMobile's total base to 1.90.

eMobile launched mobile broadband services, based on HSDPA, in major metropolitan areas in Japan in March 2007 and followed up with a nationwide voice offering a year later.

It became the first player in the country to launch HSPA+ in August, in conjunction with Huawei.


Источник: Total Telecom

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