James.Ryan on 11 Jan 2001 19:12:24 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> Where are the world's wireless internet users?

Before any greedy dot-com-ers start licking their lips with juicy dreams of B2C m-commerce, keep in mind that most mobile internet use in Japan is people sending images of cartoon characters and music to each other.  There is virtually no "commercial" use in Japan.  Before anyone goes wild throwing VC money at m-commerce startups in Japan, visions of thousand-percent returns and bags of yen in their heads, keep in mind that it will be just as difficult, if not more so, to find a paradigm for actually making money from these users (unless, of course, you're selling the bandwidth) as the now-bankrupt e-commerce startups found it to be in the States.  People are happy to have the connectivity, but they're using it as they want to, not being led by the nose to empty their wallets on line.


"ben moretti" <bmoretti@chariot.net.au>
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[the graphs on this page are well worth looking at. b]


Where are the world's wireless internet users?

81% (25 million) of the world's mobile internet users are
in Japan now! and with the introduction of 3G broadband mobile
services in spring 2001 Japan is leading the world in mobile communications.
Can you afford to ignore Japan?

NTT-DoCoMo's imode (i-mode, mobile internet access):
16,574,000 imode subscribers (21 December 2000,
increasing 50,000-60,000/day)

Japan's mobile telephone subscribers:
54,109,000 subscribers (31 Dec 1999; cell: 48,475,000
+ PHS: 5,634,000)

54,774,000 subscribers (31 Jan 2000; cell: 49,102,000
+ PHS: 5,671,000)

56,849,000 subscribers (31 Mar 2000; cell: 51,141,000
+ PHS: 5,708,000)

62,185,000 subscribers (31 Oct 2000; cell: 56,318,000
+ PHS: 5,867,000)

ben moretti

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