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Press Release

June 27, 2012

Installation Status of Fixed Terminal System Transmission Line Facilities in the End of FY2011

Share of subscriber lines secured by NTT East and NTT West
  The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) received reports from telecommunications carriers on the installation status of fixed terminal system transmission line facilities* as of the end of FY2011 (end of March 2012) based on Article 3, Paragraph 1 of the Rules for Reporting on Telecommunications Business (Ministerial Ordinance of MPT No. 46 of 1988), and officially announces its aggregate results herein.

  *“Fixed terminal system transmission line facilities” refer to transmission line facilities such as telephone lines whose one end is connected to telecommunications facilities of users installed at a certain location

1.Purposes

  The MIC obligates telecommunications carriers who are engaged in installation of fixed terminal system transmission line facilities to report the installation status as of the end of each fiscal year, no later than two months after the end of the fiscal year, based on Article 3, Paragraph 1 of the Rules for Reporting on Telecommunications Business.  
  Lately, as reports on installation status as of the end of FY2011 (end of March 2012) have been submitted, the MIC officially announces the aggregate results herein.  
  Please note that the number of lines has been retroactively revised as the MIC received reports on revised values of the number of lines as of the end of FY2010 from some telecommunications carriers (including data which was difficult to be accurately grasped as of the submission of FY2010 reports on the installation status of the stricken areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake).
 

2.Outline of results

  The specific tendency of the installation status of fixed terminal system transmission line facilities as of the end of FY2011 (end of March 2012) are outlined below.

  (1) The trend of the total number of lines is affected by the continuing decrease in metal lines, resulting in a decreased total number of subscriber lines (from 59.83 million lines at the end of FY2010 to 57.77 million lines at the end of FY2011). On the other hand, the number of optical fiber lines continues to increase and the percentage in subscriber lines is also rising (from 23.9% at the end of FY2010 to 27.8% at the end of FY2011 (up 3.9%)).
  (2) The share of total subscriber lines secured by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation (hereinafter “NTT East and West”) marks a slight decrease from the end of FY2010 (from 86.3% at the end of FY2010 to 85.3% at the end of FY 2011 (down 1.0%)) due to the influence of the increased number of optical fiber lines. On the other hand, the share of optical fiber lines secured by NTT East and West remains almost unchanged (from 77.2% at the end of FY2010 to 77.3% at the end of FY 2011 (up 0.1%)).
  (3) The share of optical fiber lines in quantity by NTT East and West continues in general to be stronger in the East of Japan than in the West. However, in comparison with the end of FY2010, the share in Shimane, Ehime, Kumamoto and Oita prefectures has decreased by about 3~7% due to the influence of telecommunications carriers affiliated with electrical power companies, regional CATV businesses (local governments), etc.
  (4) Continuing from the end of FY2010, NTT East and West have less than 50% share of optical fiber lines in Shiga prefecture (35.1%), Nara prefecture (43.7%) and Hyogo prefecture (48.8%).

  Related reports and documents
  - Installation Status of Fixed Terminal System Transmission Line Facilities at End of FY 2010 (July 22, 2011)
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