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NTT Group (Japan)


NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) is Japan's main telecommunications operator, and still one of the top three globally by revenues alongside US giants AT&T and Verizon in the mid-2000s. What was once a virtual monopoly in domestic fixed line, mobile and internet connections has steadily been eroded, but it remains Japan's most important operator by far. Its most dynamic arm is part-public mobile subsidiary NTT DoCoMo, whose wireless internet service i-mode was an early global pioneer in high-speed mobile technology. Domestic competition has become intense as a result of aggressive expansion by main competitors KDDI and Softbank, but DoCoMo remains the local leader with more than 63m subscribers (around 41% share). FLET'S is the group's main broadband service. Like many Japanese companies, NTT relies heavily on the domestic market. It has made a number of minority investments in neighbouring countries, a strategy designed to keep it top of the telecoms pile in the Far East. However attempts to establish a presence in Western telecoms markets in the late 1990s and early 2000s were rather less successful, costing the group more than $10bn in goodwill write-offs. Hiroo Unoura is CEO. Revenues for ye 2014 were Y10.9tn (approx $109bn). The company was created in 1952 by US occupying forces to rebuild Japan's war-damaged telephone network, after the model of AT&T. A state-owned monopoly for almost 30 years, it was eventually privatised in 1985. Adbrands no longer profiles this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to Adbrands.net premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.

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Capsule checked 12th December 2014


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