The Communication and Information network Association of Japan (CIAJ) announces the telecommunication equipment and trade figures for FY2013 April through March) as follows.
Total domestic production was 1.031 trillion yen, or negative 12.4% growth over FY2012 recording the second consecutive year of two-digit decline. The total value of exports in FY2013 was 394.9 billion yen (+33.6% year-over-year growth) while the total value of imports was 2.617 trillion yen (+21.6% year-over-year growth) according to the Trade Statistics of Japan released by the Ministry of Finance.
Prime Minister Abe’s fiscal policies, or Abenomics, supporting the weaker yen has resulted in a bullish stock market and a turnaround in the domestic economy. Together with the recovery of demand abroad, Japan’s economy for the fiscal year ending in March 2014 was positive.
Even though the widespread use of smartphones and the accompanying spike in traffic resulted in robust demand for relevant equipment, domestic production continued to decline. The continuing shift to overseas production and the influx of foreign-made products was especially prevalent in mobile phones, resulting in a considerable drop in domestic production. However, the approximately 20% drop in the value of the yen led to the first positive growth in imports since the revision of trade statistics in 2007. The ICT industry is expected to take advantage of dramatic growth in global demand for telecommunciation equipment.
I. Domestic Production
The total value of production in FY2013 was 1.031 trillion yen, or negative 12.4% growth over FY2012 recording the second consecutive year of two-digit decline.
|Wireline terminal equipmentOf which:||80.2 billion yen||(+16.0% over FY2012)|
|Telephone sets:||4.9 billion yen||(-15.5% over FY2012)|
|Applied telephone equipment:||73.0 billion yen||(+15.3% over FY2012)|
|Note: The “telegraph & imaging device” category has been eliminated in FY2012. From FY2013, only figures for “facsimile equipment” shall be listed.|
|Mobile terminal equipmentOf which:||392.1 billion yen||(-27.7% over FY2012)|
|Mobile phones||280.5 billion yen||(-38.2% over FY2012)|
|Public-use PHS||10.6 billion yen||(-27.1% over FY2012)|
|Wireline network equipmentOf which:||315.1 billion yen||(-7.1% over FY2012)|
|Switching systems||98.2 billion yen||(-21.1% over FY2012)|
|Transmission equipment||216.9 billion yen||(+1.5% over FY2012)|
|Wireless network equipmentOf which:||182.2 billion yen||(+12.3% over FY2012)|
|Fixed telecommunication devices||70.4 billion yen||(+14.3% over FY2012)|
|Base station equipment||111.9 billion yen||(+11.1% over FY2012)|
|Network access equipment||39.5 billion yen||(-10.1% over FY2012)|
|Wireline parts||21.7 billion yen||(+9.6% over FY2012)|
<<Noteworthy developments in 2013>>
- Demand from renewal purchases of key telephones and the shift to multi-purpose facsimiles led to growth in domestic production of wireline terminal equipment.
- In mobile terminal equipment, despite an increase in the number of subscribers, the influx of foreign brands and the continuing shift to overseas manufacturing led to a large drop in domestic production. The figure for mobile phones is now less than a third of what it was in FY2008.
- In wireline network equipment, demand for switching systems following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami dwindled, resulting in a significant drop over the previous year. Figures for digital transmission equipment and modems increased over the previous year, with capital investments by telecom carriers in recovery.
- In wireless network equipment, the installation of base stations and the launch of communication satellites to accommodate the explosive growth in network traffic led to a spike in relevant production figures over the previous year.
- The drop in network access equipment figures, such as routers and LAN switches, reflected the end to the wave of investments by telecom carriers to accommodate growing traffic. Meanwhile, wireline parts indicated fourth consecutive positive growth due to demand for transponder equipment.
The total figure for exports in FY2013 was 394.9 billion yen (+33.6% year-over-year growth), finally reverting to positive growth after five consecutive years of decline.
|Telephone sets and terminal equipment||9.8 billion yen|
|Mobile phones||7.3 billion yen|
|Facsimiles||0.3 billion yen|
|Cordless handsets for landline phones||0.3 billion yen|
|Other||1.9 billion yen|
|Network equipment||144.8 billion yen|
|Base stations||7.2 billion yen|
|Data communication equipment||133.2 billion yen|
|Other network equipment||4.4 billion yen|
|Parts||240.3 billion yen|
Mobile phones indicated considerable positive year-over-year growth (126.3%). Other figures include facsimiles (-67.0% year-over-year growth), cordless handsets (-43.0% year-over-year growth), base stations (-34.8% year-over-year growth), data communication equipment (+10.9% year-over-year growth), other network equipment (+10.3% year-over-year growth) and parts (+56.0% year-over-year growth).
By region, Asia was 260.2 billion yen (+47.1% year-over-year growth, accounting for 65.9% of the overall figure), of which China was 127.2 billion yen. North America was 88.3 billion yen (+20.5% year-over-year growth, accounting for 22.4% of the overall figure), of which the U.S. accounted for 84.0 billion yen. Europe was 28.5 billion yen (+0.1% year-over-year growth, accounting for 7.2% of the overall figure) of which the EU was 22.4 billion yen.
The total figure for imports in FY2013 was 2.617 trillion yen (+21.6% year-over-year growth) recording a fourth consecutive double digit annual growth.
|Telephone sets and terminal equipment||1,694.3 billion yen|
|Mobile phones||1,673.5 billion yen|
|Facsimiles||4.6 billion yen|
|Cordless handsets for landline phones||8.0 billion yen|
|Other||8.3 billion yen|
|Network equipment||618.6 billion yen|
|Base stations||67.8 billion yen|
|Data communication equipment||526.8 billion yen|
|Other network equipment||24.1 billion yen|
|Parts||304.0 billion yen|
On a year-over-year basis, mobile phones showed growth (+35.5%) for the sixth consecutive year. Other categories include facsimiles (-26.3% year-over-year growth), cordless telephones (+21.5% year-over-year growth), base stations (+1.1% year-over-year growth), data communication equipment (+2.5% year-over-year growth), other network equipment (+10.6% year-over-year growth) and parts (+3.0% year-over-year growth).
By region, Asia was 2.462 trillion yen (+4.0% year-over-year growth, accounting for 94.1% of the overall figure), of which China was 2.287 trillion yen. North America was 82.2 billion yen (+2.0% year-over-year growth, accounting for 3.1% of the overall figure), of which the U.S. accounted for 78.6 billion yen. Europe was 33.1 billion yen (-29.3% year-over-year growth, accounting for 1.3% of the overall figure) of which the EU was 32.2 billion yen.
Note: The figures mentioned in this press release are based on tallied figures as of the press release date. It is possible that revisions will be made at a future date.
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