The CDMA Development Group has congratulated KDDI for signing up more new users than their rivals since Japan’s mobile number portability (MNP) rules took effect on October 24, 2006. While more than one million subscribers changed their service provider between October 24, 2006 and January 31, 2007, KDDI has witnessed a net increase of 600,000 3G subscribers. The other Japanese operators have seen a net reduction. Also, when considering all new subscriptions within the three months ending in January 2007, KDDI garnered 67 percent of the total number of net subscriptions.
Approximately 600,000 Japanese Subscribers Have Selected CDMA2000 Since Mobile Number Portability Took Effect in October 2006.
For the past year and a half, KDDI has consistently added more monthly net subscribers to their 3G CDMA2000 network than the other operators have added to their 3G UMTS networks, bringing their total subscriber base by the end of January 2007 to more than 27.4 million.
“We have watched subscribers effortlessly switch over to KDDI’s CDMA2000 network due to Japan’s recent mobile number portability rule, which is a testament to the value of CDMA2000 and KDDI’s leadership position,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “CDMA2000 continues to deliver advanced 3G services two to three years ahead of the competition, enabling operators to be among the first to offer popular services such as downloading CD-quality songs, watching TV, finding friends with navigation and proximity tools, sending richly-rendered multimedia messages and email with attachments, and communicating via video conference. This is the advantage that keeps KDDI ahead in its market.”