Fixed broadband providers in Japan are being forced to drop their prices to attract customers signing up for cheaper and more convenient mobile LTE services. By Tammy Parker.
Tony Brown, senior analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media, contends that wireless networks are a poor option for delivering high-bandwidth services.
Nonetheless, Japanese customers, particularly young adults, are increasingly turning away from FTTH and toward LTE.
“Fixed-broadband giants NTT East and NTT West have been forced to slash their FTTH prices for new subscribers by 34 per cent to try and re-ignite their subscriber growth and stop the outflow of subscribers to cheaper LTE mobile broadband services," Brown wrote. NTT DoCoMo only launched LTE about two years ago and reached 6.2m LTE subscribers by the end of September.
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