Monthly Internet traffic in Japan surpassed 10,000 Gbps for the first time in November 2017. The volume of traffic has doubled every two years since 2013*1. There is no question that the further spread of e-commerce, popularization of rich content and expansion of IoT/big data will increase the rate of this growth.
What will support this growth in traffic is broadband connection service. The price level per 1 Mbps of fixed broadband service in Japan is 27.5 yen for detached houses and 17.8 yen for condominiums. This is one-third of the price level in New York and London and less than one-half what it is in Dusseldorf. It puts prices for quality Internet connection in Japan alongside those in Seoul (24.4 yen) as the lowest in the world*2.
On the other hand, however, only 31.5 out of 100 use broadband, which is not even 80% of the level in France, the Netherlands and the UK*3. Considering future increases in traffic, we recognize that there are still many market needs to be met.
As a provider in the communication services market, we hope to contribute even if in a small way to major change in what is called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”*4 by developing and providing services that better address the communication services needs of both small and mid-sized corporate customers and individual customers.
We look forward to giving you the opportunity to leverage the strength of the Forval Group.
1. “Tabulation and Estimation of Internet Traffic in Japan,” Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (February 27, 2018)
2. “2014 Survey of Local-Foreign Price Differences for Telecommunications Services,” Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (July 2015)
3. “Information & Communications Statistics Database: International Comparison,” Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
4. “2017-2018 Japanese Economy: Issues and Outlook for Strengthening Growth,” Cabinet Office (January 18, 2018)