Japan has amended the telecommunications business laws and the new laws are very stringent and transparent. Japan introduced several principles in all the areas of telecommunications market and also eliminated the restrictions on foreign telecommunications carriers. With the entry of foreign telecommunications lower prices were introduced and telecommunications services were expanded across the country. The construction of telecommunications networks carriers in Japan made the regulatory frameworks more transparent.
The telecommunications category in Japan covers construction works of telephone/mobile exchanges, towers and communication cables construction including underground cables and optical fiber cables construction. It was observed that there is a fluctuation in the Japanese telecommunications construction market in the past years. The telecommunications construction in Japan involves new construction, repair and maintenance, refurbishment and demolition and the cost type includes construction materials, construction equipment and construction services.
Japan unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) is state-run telecommunications sector. Japan’s UC&C market is divided into four major categories based on solution types such as IP telephony market, collaborative applications market, IP conferencing system market, and IP contact center system market. These categories analyze the telecommunications market size and provide a forecast for each category. The stagnant growth in the IP telephony market driven by decreased replacement demand for enterprise voice infrastructure is the major reason for decreased growth in Japan UC&C market.
According to the report, “Telecommunications (Construction) in Japan: Market Analytics by Category & Cost Type to 2021”, IT suppliers in Japan are working together with partners to provide UC&C functions using cloud, strengthen integration between Cognitive/Artificial Intelligence systems and collaborative systems which helps in the growth of Japan UC&C market. Japan’s telecommunications industry is supported by high-speed internet connections. Almost all the operators enjoyed success with consumers following multi-device strategies with abundant interest in advanced technology and digital applications. Japan’s economic slowdown may witness a downfall in the multi-device strategies and is also based on the consumers spending limit.
The future of the Japanese telecommunications market will be driven by the Internet of Things (IoT). Operators are rushing to use high technological base to encourage consumers to opt for higher-value digital services. LINE Corp is Tokyo-headquartered messaging app provider which has announced the launch of a low-cost smartphone MVNO services in Japan. It was stated that these new service will be open to a limited number of subscribers and will use the infrastructure of host network operator NTT DOCOMO. KDDI in Japan lowered the smartphone fees by 20% to fight budget oriented consumers availing plans that offer up to 5GB of data and unlimited voice calling.
Japan’s mobile network operators (MNOs) such as NTT DOCOMO, SoftBank and KDDI are keen in investing into 5G technology that was nationwide target by 2023. The three MNO’s are launching new generation services commercially in 2020, the anticipated surge in interest for IoT and self-drive cars is expected to help fuel the rise in consumer spending. Nokia is signing a distributor agreement with Chugoku Electric Power Company-owned Energia Communications (EneCom) to sell its G.fast fixed ultra-broadband access technology in Japan.
Simple innovations such as advanced wearables and fully autonomous vehicles may take a few years to emerge. A drastic growth in smartphone usage was observed and is a continuing opportunity for all telecom sub-sectors, including wireless and wireline/broadband carriers, network equipment/infrastructure companies, and device manufacturers for positive growth. There is a huge investment in emerging areas and all the telecommunication companies are focused on connectivity-first which allowed carriers to strengthen their brand and networks.
The two major factors Japan’s telecommunication is focusing on are content and the internet of things (IoT). The delivering enhanced content to any type of screen is becoming a reality, enabled by advances in network technology, and higher speeds. The consumer oriented items comprising of the IoT includes wearables, connected cars, smart homes such as lighting, security, entertainment.
The government and enterprise connected items are smart businesses such as fleet management, and smart cities such as parking, city lighting, asset monitoring and tracking, and video security which are the areas of growth in the coming years. Japanese consumers demand for digital technologies that are easier to control their homes, cars and will help to drive incremental revenue in the ecosystem.
Telecommunication carriers in Japan focus on providing data and voice services that are high quality, reliable, and affordable. The carriers need to upgrade to their core connectivity infrastructure to fifth generation (5G) mobile networks and more funds are require for areas such as IoT, autonomous vehicles, industry verticals, M&A, and international expansion.
The availability of new technologies and innovations in Japan may make 2017 the year of digital transformation for the telecommunications sector. With the decrease in the Japanese population, the telecommunications sector is growing in leaps and bounds.
The telecoms sector in Japan will not be able to achieve rapid growth without upgrading their network infrastructures. All the telecommunications carriers care to develop advanced networks, offer improved and expanded services to customers through the use of mobile phones, network densification, installing more fiber infrastructure, and improving spectrum efficiency. All the telecommunication carriers are software-based network functions with technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). This software manages their networks more efficiently and effectively.
Japan Telecommunications mobile market has performed better in the year 2017 than the year 2016 and is expecting a positive growth in the coming years. Connectivity and mobility are well-established in the Japanese society with the ongoing changes and innovations in this sector will establish a positive growth in the telecom sector in the coming years.
Key Topics Covered in the Report
Japan Infrastructure and Construction Market Research Report
Japan Telecommunication Construction Industry Analysis
Japan Power Line and Telecom Infrastructure Market Analysis
Japan Cell Tower Construction Industry Future Outlook
Japan Telecom Projects Market Growth Opportunities
Japan Energy and Utilities Construction Market Size
Japan Electricity and Telecom Infrastructure Industry Trends
Japan Telecom Engineering and Consulting Services Sector
Japan Data and Telecom Infrastructure Market Revenue
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