The Japanese telecom market is presently one of the most advanced and dynamic in the world. This is the result of carefully planned development in Japanese telecom policies that have taken advantage of the external conditions of the times in Japan over the past 50 years or more. This article aims to clarify the contributing conditions based on the decades of experience in Japanese telecom policies and to determine the cross-country applicability of these policies. Based on the overall economic and market conditions during this period and considering the development of the Japanese telecom market to date, a set of contributing conditions are proposed. Statistical verifications for the general applicability of such conditions revealed that some hold true in the sampled Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations. The most important finding is that the market dominance of the incumbent operator has a significant impact on basic telecom development. Another part of the findings showed conformity with the digital divide between rich and poor nations.
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