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In August 2006.1

And 7 years later, August 2013.

In 7 years, a lot has changed in the Japanese mobile landscape.

DoCoMo added 9.86 million subscribers.

au/KDDI added 14,64 million subscribers.

SoftBank added 18.51 million subscribers, more than doubling its size.2


  1. hover or click on the pie charts for more information 

  2. Numbers are from the Telecommunications Carriers Association, I’ve not included Willcom nor eMobile by design, I’ll write more extensively about those at a later time. 

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