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.

Table of contents

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

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

Geographic area


  • Softbank

Other details

  • Reference: M19690MRA
  • Delivery: on the DigiWorld Interactive platform
  • Languages available: English
  • Tags: digital innovation, investment fund, robotics, self-driving, Softbank, telecom player

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