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SoftBank - A Disruptive Player

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This study is an analysis of a telecom player with a strong innovative edge: SoftBank.

It presents the traditional activity of the SoftBank Group Corp, and more importantly develops a vision of the SoftBank Vision Fund strategy, its place in the group, key targeted sectors and technologies, and its overall investment philosophy.

In addition, two important sectors of the Softbank Vision Fund are analysed in detail: robotics and self-driving.

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1. Executive summary

2. SoftBank: initially a telecom player
2.1. 75% of revenues derive from telecom activities
2.2. But SoftBank is gradually disinvesting in telecom
2.3. Aiming to become a holding again

3. In essence, SoftBank is now a holding, investing in strategic technologies
3.1. The SoftBank Vision Fund (SVF), at the core of the new SoftBank
3.2. Betting on the technologies of tomorrow

4. SoftBank and robotics

5. SoftBank and self-driving

List of tables and figures

  • SoftBank Vision Fund, Portfolio composition by sector
  • Japanese MNOs, market shares by MNO
  • Breakdown of SoftBank Group revenues in FY2018
  • Difference between a typical Zaibatsu and SoftBank approach to being a holding
  • Portfolio composition, by sector
  • Portfolio composition, by amount/ geographic location
  • Portfolio of ride-sharing companies part of SVF
  • Breakdown of SVF investments, ranked by amount invested
  • Robotics acquisitions by SoftBank
  • Nuro is an autonomous food delivery vehicle
  • Self-driving-related acquisitions by the SoftBank Vision Fund
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Basile CARLE, Consultant, Media/Telecom Business Unit 

Basile is a consultant at IDATE since April 2008.
After carrying out a Thesis on the potential of the Wimax Technology as a means of providing broadband access on the French consumer market, he specialised in the mobile industry, which it has been analysing through the whole value chain, from semiconductor to end-users' devices and services. Mobile devices and platforms lead analyst, he also follows the evolution of mobile networks with a current focus on LTE-A features (interferences mitigation, heterogeneous networks, carrier aggregation ) and operators' strategies.  He is graduated from Edhec Business School where he specialized in Marketing Management Communication, Paris, 1987), where he majored in Network Architecture.

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