Press Releases (SoftBank BB Corp.) 2003

"Yahoo! BB" Comprehensive Broadband Service Users Exceed 2 Million Mark

February 3, 2003

According to preliminary figures, the number of subscribers to the "Yahoo! BB" comprehensive broadband service, jointly provided by SOFTBANK BB Corp. (Head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Masayoshi Son) and Yahoo Japan Corporation (Head office: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Masahiro Inoue), exceeded the two million mark today.

"Yahoo! BB" began to operate as a commercial service in September 2001. By late September 2002, 12 months after the service was launched, the number of subscribers had reached more than one million. Within just four months of reaching that level, the number of subscribers have climbed to more than two million; 16 months after the commercial service began.

We will release more details on "Yahoo! BB" and "BB phone" subscribers as of the end of January 2003 at a later date.

The SOFTBANK Group wishes to make a social contribution by providing innovative broadband telecommunications infrastructure and services that enrich the means of human communication.

(Subscriber numbers as of the end of December 2002 are shown below for reference)
End of December 2002
Number of "Yahoo! BB" lines installed*1 Approx. 1,691,000
Number of "BB phone" users*2 Approx. 1,294,000
  • *1The number of "Yahoo! BB" lines installed includes approximately 14,000 lines serviced by Metallic Communications Group companies.
  • *2The number of "BB phone" users is based on users whose registration is complete for "BB phone" service.

Company Profile


Trade name SOFTBANK BB Corp.
Head office 24-1 Nihonbashi Hakozaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Representative President and CEO: Masayoshi Son
Date of Establishment May 16, 2000
Date of merger January 7, 2003
Type of Business The Company engages in the provision of broadband infrastructure and services centering on Yahoo! BB as well as in technical development, marketing, sales and support. The Company offers IT-related distribution and services, supervises, and administers affiliated broadband and e-commerce companies.
Paid-in capital 63 billion Yen
  • The information is true and accurate at the time of publication.
    Price, specification, contact and other information of products and service may be subjected to change. The information contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements.
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