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While a slowdown in new announcements can be expected during the upcoming shogatsu New Year holiday period, 2003 promises to provide even more activity now that UK-based Vodafone has launched a 3G network in Japan and is expected to seek know-how and technology from Japan for its operations elsewhere. Further, Japanese software developers are sure to continue looking outside this country’s near-saturated market for new sales opportunities.
This fall has seen a round of press announcements and new deals inked between Japanesemobile software companies and foreign wireless players, indicating a growing trend oftraditionally domestic-focused companies heading overseas for sales and development. TheJapanese partners’ technology falls into the mobile content, applications, or servicescategories, and these companies appear to have struck deals on the strength of experienceearned at home since the start of Japan’s wireless Internet in 1999.
The deals include:
While a slowdown in new announcements can be expected during the upcoming ‘shogatsu’New Year holiday period, 2003 promises to provide even more activity now that UK-basedVodafone has launched a 3G network in Japan (through its local group company, J-Phone) andis expected to seek know-how and technology from Japan for its operations elsewhere.Further, Japanese software developers are sure to continue looking outside this country’snear-saturated market for new sales opportunities.
– Daniel Scuka
Some sage advise when entering new turf; Stop, Look and Listen.. it’s also good to secure a local guide. Japan is the cradle of mobile civilization – we have been dedicated to this space since 2001 – trust our archives here offer some useful material.
Domestic activities continue to set the pace, and sharp players are looking at global markets. We have hard-earned industry expertise and trusted network of contacts with access to advanced intell. and potential deal flow. Need a lift.. Ok, buckle-up!