Press Releases (SoftBank BB Corp.) 2003

"Yahoo! BB" Comprehensive Broadband Service Progress Report
(as of the end of December 2002)

January 9, 2003

SOFTBANK CORP. reports the progress of “Yahoo! BB” comprehensive broadband service jointly provided by wholly owned subsidiary, SOFTBANK BB Corp.*1 (Headquarter: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Masayoshi Son) and Yahoo Japan Corporation (Headquarter: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Masahiro Inoue; Security Code: 4689).

The number of Yahoo! BB lines grew steadily and increased by 230,000 although the month had fewer working days, compared to the previous month (November 2002), due to year-end and New Year's holidays.

End of December 2002 Monthly increase
Number of Yahoo! BB lines installed*2 Approx. 1,691,000 Approx. 230,000
Number of BB phone users*3 Approx. 1,294,000 Approx. 267,000
Number of central offices ready for service 2,045 223
  • *1The four SOFTBANK Group companies (surviving entity: BB Technologies Corporation; disappearing companies: SOFTBANK Networks Inc., SOFTBANK EC HOLDINGS CORP., SOFTBANK COMMERCE CORP.) merged into the new company, SOFTBANK BB Corp. on January 7, 2003, which consequently became the largest operating company in the SOFTBANK Group.
  • *2The number of Yahoo! BB lines installed includes approx. 14,000 lines serviced by Metallic Communications Group companies.
  • *3The number of BB phone users is based on those users whose registration is completed for BB phone service.
  • 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.