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In 2016, looked very promising.
Thousands worked at developing and deploying.
It wasn't enough. 
Most carriers are investing
in fiber or 5G instead.


Dark Blue: Firm commitments from incumbent: BT (10M), Belgacom, Australian NBN, Swisscom,  Austria, Bezeq Israel, Chunghwa Taiwan, Telus Canada, Telekom South Africa, SK Korea, (U.S.) AT&T, Century, Frontier, Windstream, Belgium, Omantel

Mid Blue: Smaller carriers in Germany, Norway, Finland, Japan

Light Blue: Incumbent likely:  France, Germany, Italy

EnergiaJapan's Energia, the ISP of a regional electric company, has been running a small deployment of for a year. They like it so much they signed on with Nokia to be a Japanese distributor. Alongside the giants NTT, KDDI, & Softbank there remain many smaller companies delivering broadband. 

Energia, the electric company for the Hiroshima region, years ago entered the ISP business. Distributing equipment is a natural move. After Fukushima, diversification must be particularly attractive for electric companies, especially in Hiroshima. They are decommissioning reactor #1 at their Shimane Nuclear Power Station, which will take thirty years. They hope to restart #2, where corrosion was recently discovered. 

Now that is proven to deliver 500-800 megabits, it allows the smaller companies to compete with the fiber to the basement of the giants.

Half of the Japanese fiber to the home actually terminated in the basement and used 100 megabit VDSL to reach apartments in the "mansions" most Japanese live in. It's a market Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE hope to reach. I don't believe any of the domestic suppliers offer I haven't seen much presence for Americans Calix and Adtran.

For maximum speed in countries with a lot of fiber home, Japanese and I believe Korean companies used 30 MHz VDSL rather than the 17 MHz the Europeans chose. Sckipio has optimized their chip to work with 30 MHz VDSL but I don't know which chip Nokia is using.

Japan has been a famously insular society, closed to all outsiders for 250 years until the U.S. sent warships.  Six Keiretsu dominated the economy after World War II and foreigners were all but required to work with one of their trading companies.  

NTT bought almost exclusively from domestic suppliers, giving companies like NEC a strong, protected base. Japan often had different standards that only local companies would meet. In ADSL, they required chips that met Annex C, designed to work well with the Japanese ISDN gear. The DSLAMs were all from domestic suppliers although the chips came from Centillium in California.

I'm heard informally the "Japan First" attitude is changing. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said APEC members must show a “strong commitment” to free trade, since Trump won the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8. “The world economy faces various downside risks and skeptical views about free trade are spreading,” Kishida told Thursday’s session. “It’s time for APEC to show a strong commitment to free trade and contribute to sustainable growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Here's the pr 

Nokia and Energia Communications sign distributor agreement for fixed ultra-broadband access technology in Japan

  • Partnership has grown from a successful commercial deployment to a reseller model for next generation ultra-broadband access in the country    

Tokyo, Japan - Nokia has signed a distributor agreement with Energia Communications (EneCom) to sell its fixed ultra-broadband access technology in Japan. EneCom, Nokia's first customer for next-generation broadband access technology in the country, will now become the reseller for the fixed access technology, making it available nationwide across Japan. is a technology that delivers customers fiber-like speeds over copper cable over short distances, such as, for instance, in apartment buildings with no fiber connections. The new service in EneCom's portfolio will enable the company to expand its business and interests in the utility service provider space by offering a fast, easy and economical way to replace traditional VDSL2 technology and offer subscribers a choice of higher speed access packages.

Satoshi Kumagai, CEO of Energia Communications, said: "Ten months ago we became Nokia's first technology customer in Japan and one of the first customers worldwide. We have been very happy with the service and have complete trust in Nokia's capability and strengths of its fixed access business, which is why we decided to take the relationship forward as a successful business partnership/reseller model." 

Jae Won, head of Nokia in Japan, said: "This strategic partnership with EneCom will increase deployments in Japan, providing real benefits to subscribers who might otherwise be unable to enjoy ultra-broadband speeds. Japan is a very important market to us, and we look forward to a successful venture that will boost local economies."

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