Optical Networks

In 2016, Japan had the second highest number of fixed broadband subscriptions of all OECD countries. Of Japan’s 38.7 million fixed broadband subscriptions, 75% were fibre. This is the highest percentage out of all OECD countries, where the average is 21.2%. However, the annual growth of fibre subscriptions in Japan is among the lowest of the OECD. From 2015 to 2016 there was a 5% growth in subscriptions in Japan compared to an OECD average of 15%. There exists a difference between the broadband penetration rates of fixed and mobile broadband in Japan. Although Japan is not in the top 5 of OECD countries with the highest fixed broadband penetration rates, Japan is the number one country for mobile broadband penetration. At the end of 2016, this was 30% for fixed broadband and 152% for mobile broadband.

OECD, OECD Broadband Statistics Update, 2016
OECD, OECD Broadband Portal, 2016

Table of Contents

  • Production & Demand
  • Standardisation
  • R&D
  • Elastic Optical Path Networks
  • Annual Report
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs