The MIC (Ministry of Interior and Communications) of Japan released recent data on broadband services in Japan.
It says that there were 30.11 million broadband subscribers at the end of December, 2008, and the number of FTTH subscribers was 14.42 million, while DSL is declining.
Last March Nikkei (Nihon Keizai Shinbun) reported that NTT East will invest 75 billion yen (around 76 million US dollars) to NGN (Next Generation Networks) in fisical year 2009. NTT-E is planning to match its optic fiber service area with NGN cover area in order to raise demands both for optic fiber service and NGN, which are slowing down these days.
NTT East and West (they are main regional operators in Japan) are aggressive to deploy both of the services, but their goals are hard to reach.
Japanese government’s study group published an interim report on ICT vision.
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The final version of the report will be published in June this year.