Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Japan wireless subscribers: February data

Yaromir at Japan's Cellphone Edge points out some more interesting data from the Japanese mobile market.

He writes that the "number of Japan’s wireless subscribers increased by 334,700 in February, driving the total user-base to 90,767,700 active users." Key highlights include:

  • KDDI au posted the largest net additions, signing up 275 thousand users.
  • These high results were undermined by losses at KDDI’s struggling 2G unit – Tu-ka, which reported almost 115 thousand subscribers leaving the company.
  • NTT DoCoMo signed up 162 thousand new users
  • Vodafone lagged behind with twelve thousand of net adds.
For total number of subscribers:
  • NTT DoCoMo continued its domination with 56% market share, which translates into 50.6 million wireless subscribers.
  • KDDI was in a distant second place with au unit taking 24% (22m) of the market share
  • Tu-ka unit being down to 3% (2.9m)
  • odafone slightly improved its performance, having 17% of the market share with the total customer base, reaching 15.1 million.