Asia Express - Mobile Communications
Japanese 3G Subs Reach 48.3 Million
May 05, 2006
According to Japan's TCA, Japanese mobile phone subscribers hit 91.7 million at the end of the first quarter of 2006, up 2% sequentially. 2G users amounted to about 42.6 million, down 8% sequentially and 23% year-on-year, while 3G subscribers reached 48.3 million, up 12% sequentially and 59% year-on-year. Among 3G subscribers, about 26.5 million use WCDMA phones, and about 21.8 million use CDMA 2000 1x systems, up 18% and 6% sequentially. In addition, nearly 80 million subscribers accessed the Internet through mobile phones in the first quarter of 2006, an increase of 4.6 million compared to the first quarter of 2005.