Japan’s mobile phone shipments for fiscal 2003 approached the record high. The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) has announced that the total number of shipments for fiscal year 2004 (Apr. ’03 to Mar. ’04) reached 49,843,000 units, following two years of consecutive growth.
JEITA says that the number is the second highest level since fiscal 2000, at 50,416,000. JEITA thinks that the result is due to the prevalence of mobile phones with cameras and a fast migration to third-3G mobile solutions.
For reference, the Telecommunications Carriers Association (TCA) reported that the net increase of mobile phone subscribers for fiscal 2003 was 5,863,000, which means that the renewal of handsets accounts for about as much as 88% of the total shipments for the year. Continue >>