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Telecommunication Equipment Production and Trade Figures For Q1 (April – June) 2012 – Production rebounds after five-year decrease –

2012-09-19

The Communications and Information network Association of Japan (CIAJ: a general incorporated association) announces the telecommunication equipment production and trade figures for April through June, 2012 as follows.
The total value of telecommunication equipment produced in Japan during this period was 272.4 billion yen, or a positive growth of 2.5% over the same period the previous year, recording a small, but noticeable rebound after five consecutive years of negative growth over the previous year.
The telecom equipment market experienced healthy demand from reconstruction efforts following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and in private sector network-related businesses, but this was mostly offset by the drop in mobile terminal production figures, resulting in only a small growth for the overall market. Cellular phones, which accounts for 80% of the terminal equipment market, recorded negative growth with the dramatic growth of imports, including foreign brands, despite the stimulation of the domestic market by smartphones. On the other hand, network equipment recorded positive growth, with continued investments in infrastructure to support the explosive growth in network traffic as well as demand from reconstruction efforts.
The total figure for exports was 69.7 billion yen (negative 20.7% over the same period the previous year), and imports totaled 417.2 billion yen (24.2% positive growth over the same period the previous year).

I. Domestic Production

The total value of production for the first quarter of FY2012 was 272.4 billion yen, or a positive growth of 2.5% over the same period the previous year, recording a rebound after five consecutive years of negative growth over the previous year.

[Figures by equipment categories]

  • Wireline terminal equipment 18.7 billion yen (negative growth of 10.4% over the same period of the previous year)
  • Mobile terminal equipment 128.9 billion yen (negative growth of 5.7% over the same period of the previous year), of which cellular phones accounted for 114.8 billion yen (negative growth of 5.1% over the same period of the previous year)
    Public-use PHS 4.1 billion yen (negative growth of 29.3% over the same period of the previous year)
  • Wireline network equipment 78.3 billion yen (positive growth of 5.5% over the same period of the previous year), of which switching systems accounted for 30.8 billion yen (positive growth of 18.9% over the same period of the previous year) and transmission equipment accounted for 47.5 billion yen (negative growth of 1.7% over the same period of the previous year).
  • Wireless network equipment 31.7 billion yen (positive growth of 66.0% over the same period of the previous year), of which base station communication devices accounted for 24.4 billion yen (positive growth of 372.6% over the same period of the previous year).
  • Network access equipment 9.9 billion yen (negative growth of 1.3% over the same period of the previous year)
  • Wireline parts 4.9 billion yen (positive growth of 1.1% over the same period of the previous year)

<<Noteworthy developments in QI of FY2012>>

  • The market for wireline terminal equipment continues to shrink, despite demand in conjunction with reconstruction efforts and replacements.
  • Despite the stimulus from the popularity of smartphones, the mobile terminal equipment market showed continuing decline, as more foreign brands made headway into the market and Japanese brands moved their manufacturing facilities abroad. Public-use PHS showed positive growth until the end of last fiscal year with its popularity as a low-cost voice communication choice, but it has reverted to negative growth in FY2012.
  • Among wireline network equipment, modems and other transmission equipment (optic transmission equipment) categories recorded negative growth, but these figures were outweighed by growth in switching systems and digital transmission equipment, leading to overall growth over the previous year.
  • Demand for wireless network equipment showed a significant surge over the previous year, as more base stations were placed to try to keep up with exponential growth in cell phone traffic.
  • Despite small fluctuations, network access equipment, such as routers and LAN equipment, and wireline parts continued to show positive growth in conjunction with reconstruction efforts and BCP measures by enterprises.

 

II. Exports

The total figure for exports in QI of FY2012 was 69.7 billion yen (minus 20.7% over the same period the previous year).

Telephone sets and terminal equipment1.6 billion yen
Cellular phones0.4 billion yen
Facsimiles0.3 billion yen
Cordless handsets for landline phones0.1 billion yen
Other0.7 billion yen
Network equipment35.2 billion yen
Base stations5.0 billion yen
Data communication equipment29.3 billion yen
Other network equipment1.0 billion yen
Parts33.0 billion yen

A comparison of first quarter figures over the previous year shows decreases in almost all categories with the exception of base stations. The decline was especially pronounced in cordless handsets (negative 76.4%) and parts (negative 35.0%).

III. Imports

The total figure for imports in QI FY2012 was 417.2 billion yen (24.2% positive growth over the same period the previous year).

Telephone sets and terminal equipment198.4 billion yen
Cellular phones194.2 billion yen
Facsimiles1.3 billion yen
Cordless handsets for landline phones1.6 billion yen
Other1.2 billion yen
Network equipment147.8 billion yen
Base stations25.8 billion yen
Data communication equipment116.5 billion yen
Other network equipment5.6 billion yen
Parts71.0 billion yen

A comparison of first quarter figures over the previous year shows significant growth in almost all categories with the exception of cordless handsets. Large gains were seen in cellular phones (positive 26.0%), base stations (positive 19.5%), data communication equipment (positive 21.9%) and parts (positive 25.2%).

 

IV. Data by Region

Regional breakdown of exports
1.Asia41.7 billion yen-21.7%
2.N. America17.3 billion yen-17.3%
3.Europe6.7 billion yen-28.1%
Regional breakdown of imports
1.Asia378.3 billion yen+26.9%
2.N. America19.8 billion yen+12.0%
3.Europe9.1 billion yen-41.4%

For details, contact

Market Research
CIAJ
tel: 81-3-5403-9356 fax: 81-3-5403-9360

For more general inquiries, contact

Corporate Communication
CIAJ
tel: 81-3-5403-9351 fax: 81-3-5403-9360