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, 2014 as follows.
The total value of telecommunication equipment produced in Japan during this period decreased over the previous year. Production of terminal devices continued to shift overseas, recording a significant year-over-year drop again. Despite heathy demand for wireless network equipment, overall production of network equipment decreased, weighed down by a major drop in wireline equipment.
The total figure for exports grew by 32.5% over the previous year, marking the second consecutive positive growth from last year’s first quarter. On the other hand, the consecutive surge in imports reversed its trend to record a negative year-over-year growth of 14.7%.
I. Domestic Production
The total value of production for the first quarter of FY2014 was 187.5 billion yen, or a negative growth of 8.1% over the same period the previous year. This was the second consecutive negative growth following the first quarter of last year.
[Figures by equipment categories]
- Wireline terminal equipment 16.5 billion yen (negative growth of 8.5% over the same period of the previous year)
- Mobile terminal equipment 51.9 billion yen (negative growth of 25.1% over the same period of the previous year), of which mobile phones accounted for 40.0 billion yen (negative growth of 26.4% over the same period of the previous year)
Public-use PHS 2.2 billion yen (negative growth of 15.0% over the same period of the previous year)
- Wireline network equipment 57.6 billion yen (negative growth of 19.1% over the same period of the previous year), of which switching systems accounted for 20.3 billion yen (negative growth of 14.8% over the same period of the previous year) and transmission equipment accounted for 37.3 billion yen (negative growth of 21.2% over the same period of the previous year).
- Wireless network equipment 46.5 billion yen (positive growth of 57.7% over the same period of the previous year), of which fixed communication devices accounted for 12.4 billion yen (positive growth of 37.2% over the same period of the previous year) and base station communication devices accounted for 34.1 billion yen (positive growth of 66.7% over the same period of the previous year).
- Network access equipment 9.1 billion yen (negative growth of 17.5% over the same period of the previous year)
- Wireline parts 5.8 billion yen (positive growth of 16.3% over the same period of the previous year)
<<Noteworthy developments in QI of FY2014>>
- Although the market for wireline terminal equipment saw encouraging signs in the return of investment in facilities and replacement demand, non-intercom equipment categories (telephone sets, key telephones, facsimiles) continue to shrink.
- With lackluster growth of smartphones together with Japanese brands continuing to move their manufacturing facilities abroad and more foreign brands penetrating the domestic market, the domestic production figure of mobile terminal equipment showed a dramatic drop. Public-use PHS indicated a significant drop as well, affected by sales of low-end smartphones.
- In wireline network equipment, both switching systems and digital transmission equipment recorded large negative growth, with the end of the recent cycle of infrastructure investments.
- Demand for wireless network equipment surged over the previous year, with positive growth in fixed communication devices (terrestrial, satellite) and a robust surge in base stations.
- Network access equipment, such as routers and LAN devices saw an end of the investment cycle which had continued since 2011, and indicated negative year-over-year growth. Wireline parts such as relay equipment, showed positive growth.
The total figure for exports in QI of FY2014 was 107.2 billion yen (positive 32.5% over the same period the previous year).
|Telephone sets and terminal equipment||1.7 billion yen|
|Mobile phones||900 million yen|
|Facsimiles||70 million yen|
|Cordless handsets for landline phones||60 million yen|
|Other||700 million yen|
|Network equipment||44.5 billion yen|
|Base stations||7.2 billion yen|
|Data communication equipment||35.9 billion yen|
|Other network equipment||1.4 billion yen|
|Parts||61.0 billion yen|
A comparison of first quarter figures over the previous year shows decreases in mobile phones (negative 47.3%), facsimiles (negative 33.8%), cordless handsets (negative 15.9%) but significant growth in base stations (positive 413.4%), data communication equipment (positive 3.8%), and parts (positive 47.0%) pushed the overall export figure to positive 32.5%.
The total figure for imports in QI FY2014 was 478.9 billion yen (14.7% negative growth over the same period the previous year).
|Telephone sets and terminal equipment||262.1 billion yen|
|Mobile phones||257.7 billion yen|
|Facsimiles||0.7 billion yen|
|Cordless handsets for landline phones||2.0 billion yen|
|Other||1.8 billion yen|
|Network equipment||145.9 billion yen|
|Base stations||14.3 billion yen|
|Data communication equipment||126.1 billion yen|
|Other network equipment||5.5 billion yen|
|Parts||70.9 billion yen|
A comparison of first quarter figures over the previous year shows growth concentrating in network equipment, such as base stations (positive 33.7%), data communication equipment (positive 2.0%), parts (positive 7.0%) as well as in cordless handsets (positive 22.4%). However, there was a dramatic reversal in mobile phones to negative growth (negative 26.5%), as well as continuing decrease in facsimiles (negative 43.8%), pushing the overall import figure down to negative 14.7%.
IV. Data by Region
|Regional breakdown of exports|
|1.Asia||70.9 billion yen||+7.7%|
|2.N. America||16.8 billion yen||+13.6%|
|3.Europe||9.1 billion yen||+0.1%|
|Regional breakdown of imports|
|1.Asia||446.4 billion yen||+0.6%|
|2.N. America||17.6 billion yen||-0.1%|
|3.Europe||7.8 billion yen||+0.2%|
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