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Japan's mobile infrastructure market plunges

Posted: 23 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile infrastructure? 3G? LTE?

Japan's mobile infrastructure market fell 19 per cent year-over-year in 2014 to $4.1 billion as 3G investments in the region stalled, according to technology market research firm Infonetics Research.

Based on Infonetics' worldwide Mobile Infrastructure Equipment report, this latest edition Mobile Infrastructure and Subscribers in Japan market share, size and forecasts report focuses specifically on the 3G and LTE infrastructure markets and subscribers in Japan.

"As we forecast, the Japanese mobile infrastructure dropped by double digits in 2014 as a severe cut in 3G investments drove a decline that LTE could not offset despite the addition of over 100,000 eNodeBs," said Stphane Tral, research director for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research, now part of IHS.

"All three Japanese mobile operators, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO and SoftBank Mobile, have passed critical LTE mass deployments and will be tactically adding new macro eNodeBs while gearing up for 3.5GHz small cell deployments for capacity upgrades in 2016," Tral said.

Japan mobile infrastructure market highlights

The Japanese government, which requires operators to continually invest in mobile infrastructure, freshly freed up the 3.5GHz band, which will shift the action from FDD to TDD LTE.

Among Japan's mobile operators, only KDDI and NTT DOCOMO increased LTE spending in 2014; Softbank Mobile slashed its total mobile spend by a quarter.

Nokia Networks is king of the Japanese radio market, owing largely to its LTE prowess.

Japan had 145,053,600 mobile subscribers in 2014, up 6 per cent over 2013.

Infonetics/IHS expects the 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE mobile infrastructure market in Japan to fall to $2 billion in 2019, a 2014-2019 CAGR of -13 per cent, before 5G ramps up.

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