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Re: [tlug] [OT] Japan SIM card for foreign phone
- Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:39:13 +0900
- From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <email@example.com>
- Subject: Re: [tlug] [OT] Japan SIM card for foreign phone
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Bruno Raoult writes: > I made the maths, and don't get it. > FYI, in France, the "Free" operator got already 10% of market share > in one year (starting from zero), offering only subscription (and > low prices). > Clients make the maths, not only the operators. Welcome to Japan, Bruno! It's true that consumers in Japan have some power, but they've been brainwashed to think that although choice is good, competition is bad (except on the quality dimension). This is very convenient for incumbent oligopolists (who also believe in it). The system worked nicely (by world standards) for over 100 years. (Contrary to popular belief, Japanese "miracle growth" started in Meiji, not post-war.) But what nobody understood (and they still don't) is that potential economic growth per person is determined by technological progress, and Japanese growth 1860-1980 was merely enabled by the quality and spirit of the people, and the limit determined by the fact they were so far behind. Once they caught up in basically all export industries, technological progress fell back to world levels, and so did GDP growth per capita (in fact somewhat worse than that, but that was due to transition dynamics and political incompetence). So today the government and the big companies are starting to break their promises about job security and income transfers, and nobody knows what to do about it. (I don't, either, it's a very hard problem due to the mobility of capital.) > PS. Surely France is a special case: We had an historical operator, > not private. When the law decided to open the market, FT had the > obligation to allow newcomers touse the infrastructures (owned by > France - I mean taxpayer) to rent it. Free pays a lot for that, > while they build their own. Not so special -- at that level of description, it's just like Japan. The carriers still rent infrastructure from each other, including the right to hang their transmitters on others' cell towers. The devils are in the details, including business and consumer culture.
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