Japan Mobile Communications History

Date: 2015-08-12

Japan’s mobile communications originally started as a division of Japan’s telecom monopoly NTT, which developed into today’s NTT-Docomo. After several steps of liberalization, a considerable number of telecommunications venture companies were founded, some succeeded, and some do not exist anymore today. Consolidation led to three major groups today:

NTT-Docomo: Docomo evolved from the mobile communications division of the incumbent NTT group.
KDDI, with mobile brand AU: evolved from the former overseas telecommunications monopoly KDD, which merged with the venture company DDI. Today’s KDDI developed through a series of M&A transactions and turn-round operations.
Softbank: Softbank was started as a venture company by Masayoshi Son, and is growing rapidly. Softbank is linked to YAHOO-Japan, and recently acquired the US telecommunications operator SPRINT.

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