Trends Report

Why Japanese Mobile Internet Is A Success

And What European Operators Should Do To Catch Up

March 7th, 2007
With contributors:
Jonathan Browne , Michelle de Lussanet , Lizet Menke


When it comes to mobile services, Japan is still ahead of Europe by a whopping five years, even though operators in both regions introduced mobile Internet services at roughly the same time in the late 1990s. So it's no wonder that Europe's mobile operators and content and media firms wanting to enter the mobile channel look at the Japanese market to try to predict the future success — or lack thereof — of new mobile Internet services. But different market dynamics mean that successes in Japan are poor predictors of success in Europe. European mobile operators should focus on the needs of mobile users on the go: their desire to communicate and access to timely and location-relevant content.

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