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Telecommunication Equipment Production and Trade Figures For FY2011 (April – March)

2012-06-27

The Communication and Information network Association of Japan (CIAJ) announces the telecommunication equipment and trade figures for FY2011 April through March) as follows.
Total domestic production was 1.342 trillion yen, or positive 0.5% over the previous year, ending the the five-year string of negative growth. However, the shrinking of domestic production is expected to continue with the FY2011 figure at 47% of the FY2007 figure. The Japanese economy received a devastating blow with the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011, but the recovery of production lines and demand from the reconstruction seemed to move quicker than anticipated. However, the economy was weighed down by the super strong yen and the flooding in Thailand the following summer, ensued by the European fiscal crisis and the accompanying negative impact on business investments and consumer confidence, with a glimmer of hope becoming visible only at the end of the fiscal year.
Domestic production of terminal equipment in Japan rebounded for the first time in 5 years with the explosive popularity of smartphones and the accompanying spike in traffic resulting in demand for mobile handsets and base stations. However, the majority of smartphone market share expansion was achieved by overseas brands, with domestic manufacturers still facing a difficult battle in capturing new orders.
The total value of exports recorded 333.9 billion yen (- 21.8% over FY2010) in FY2011 while the total value of imports was 1.635 trillion yen (+28.4% over FY2010).

I. Domestic Production

The total value of production in FY2011 was 1.342 trillion yen (positive growth of 0.5% over the previous year), reverting to positive growth for the first time in five years.

[By categories]

Wireline terminal equipment
Of which:
90.8 billion yen(+0.7% over FY2010)
Applied telephone equipment70.1 billion yen(+1.2% over FY2010)
Telegraph & imaging devices10.8 billion yen(-2.2% over FY2010)
Mobile terminal equipment
Of which:
713.7 billion yen(-1.5% over FY2010)
Cellular phones627.9 billion yen(+0.5% over FY2010)
Public-use PHS23.3 billion yen(-15.9% over FY2010)
Wireline network equipment
Of which:
357.9billion yen(-3.9% over FY2010)
Switching systems120.8 billion yen(-5.6% over FY2010)
Transmission equipment237.1 billion yen(-3.0% over FY2010)
Wireless network equipment
Of which:
117.1 billion yen(+12.3% over FY2010)
Fixed telecommunication devices66.8 billion yen(-7.9% over FY2010)
Base station equipment50.2 billion yen(+58.5% over FY2010)
Network access equipment42.6 billion yen(+59.2% over FY2010)
Wireline parts19.5 billion yen(+21.6% over FY2010)

<<Noteworthy developments in 2011>>

  • The wireline terminal equipment market itself is shrinking, but there was a slight demand growth for parts related to the post earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts and an uptake in private sector investment in facilities. Intercoms continued to show positive figures following last year’s growth.
  • In mobile terminal equipment, despite the growth in subscribers in recent years, the increase in market share of foreign brands and the shift to production overseas led to a large drop in domestic production output. The total number of public-use PHS grew, but the total value decreased, reflecting the drop in prices.
  • Among wireline network equipment, digital transmission equipment recorded positive growth over last year, but with the end in round of investments related to NGN, the figure for switching systems and other transmission equipment (including optical transmission equipment) decreased over FY2010 and resulted in an overall decrease for the category.
  • In wireless network equipment, fixed communications equipment showed negative growth, but the surge in base station equipment led to a two-digit growth for the first time in 3 years.
  • The network access equipment, such as routers and LAN equipment, and wireline parts figures recorded the second consecutive year of double-digit growth with healthy demand for BCP following the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami in addition to continued investments in network facilities.

II. Exports

The total figure for exports in FY2011 was 333.9 billion yen (-21.8% over FY2010) – recording approximately a 20% drop over the previous year since FY2008.

Telephone sets and terminal equipment9.1 billion yen
Cellular phones2.5 billion yen
Facsimiles1.7 billion yen
Cordless handsets for landline phones2.0 billion yen
Other2.8 billion yen
Network equipment152.7 billion yen
Base stations17.9 billion yen
Data communication equipment130.5 billion yen
Other network equipment4.3 billion yen
Parts172.1 billion yen

In comparison to FY2010, FY2011 figures for cellular phones (+67.5%) and cordless handsets (+27.6%) grew, while significant decreases were seen in base stations (-0.8%), data communications equipment (-6.5%), other network equipment (-24.4%) and parts (-33.0%).

Regional breakdown of exports
1. Asia201.3 billion yen(-28.9% over FY2010)
2. N. America79.5 billion yen(-5.2% over FY2010)
3. Europe34.3 billion yen(-19.4% over FY2010)

By region, Asia was 201.3 billion yen (-28.9% over FY2010, 60.3% of total exports), of which China accounted for 79.2 billion yen. North America was 79.5 billion yen (-5.2% over FY2010, 23.8% of total exports), of which the U.S. accounted for 76.3 billion yen. Europe was 34.3 billion yen (-19.4% over FY2010, 10.3% of total exports), of which the EU accounted for 24.1 billion yen.

III. Imports

The total figure for imports in FY2011 was 1.635 trillion yen (+28.4% over FY2010), recording the second consecutive year of double-digit growth.

Telephone sets and terminal equipment846.1 billion yen
Cellular phones827.4 billion yen
Facsimiles5.8 billion yen
Cordless handsets for landline phones7.1 billion yen
Other5.8 billion yen
Network equipment523.0 billion yen
Base stations69.0 billion yen
Data communication equipment437.3 billion yen
Other network equipment16.8 billion yen
Parts266.3 billion yen

In comparison to FY2010, FY2011 figures for cellular phones showed significant growth for the second consecutive year. Two-digit growth was recorded in cellular phones (+63.9% over FY2010), data communication equipment (+15.9% over FY2010) and other network equipment (+13.5% over FY2010), while significant decreases were seen in facsimiles (-18.0% over FY2010) and cordless handsets (-20.2% over FY2010).

Regional breakdown of imports
1. Asia1,463.2 billion yen(+32.0% over FY2010)
2. N. America84.6 billion yen(+11.9% over FY2010)
3. Europe61.7 billion yen(-6.8% over FY2010)

By region, Asia was 1,463.2 billion yen (+32.0% over FY2010, 66.1% of total exports), of which China accounted for 1,080.8 billion yen. North America was 84.6 billion yen (+11.9% over FY2010, 5.2% of total exports), of which the U.S. accounted for 80.9 billion yen. Europe was 61.7 billion yen (-6.8% over FY2010, 3.8% of total exports), of which the EU accounted for 60.9 billion yen.

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CIAJ
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