Smartphones launched by the top-three Japan-based telecom operators for summer 2015 are almost identical in hardware specifications, but the carriers have been trying to differentiate their products with special features, according to Digitimes Research. The three carriers, NTT DoCoMo, Softbank and KDDI au, all are selling smartphones from Sony Mobile Communications and Samsung Electronics, blurring the brand recognition.
Japan’s online video market is expected to grow significantly starting the second half of 2015 when Netflix begins to offer its services, NTT DoCoMo launches its dTV Terminal program and the local top-five cable TV operators start offering free online video services, according to Digitimes Research. Wireless TV operators Nippon, Asahi, Tokyo, Fuji and TBS have been offering quality TV programs free of charge, making it difficult for cable TV operators to promote online paid video services.
During the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement conference held in Barcelona, mobile communications carriers from China, Japan and South Korea, including China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo and KT, released a joint plan to enhance 5G technical cooperation. Taking the opportunity of Mobile World Congress 2015, the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement conference was initiated by KT.
BARCELONA: Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and Nokia said on Monday they are working together to develop networks running at high frequencies for use in the 5G wireless era — technology expected to be showcased at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile operator, and Nokia, the world’s third biggest telecom equipment maker, said they will be demonstrating their early technical progress on 5G radio equipment at the Mobile World Congress show here this week.
BARCELONA, Spain ― KT, the nation’s second-largest mobile carrier, said Monday that it has teamed up with China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo to jointly develop the fifth-generation or 5G network technology. “KT has agreed with China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo of Japan for co-development of 5G mobile technology. The agreement calls for joint marketing to promote new telecommunications technology,” KT said in a statement on the sidelines of 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition here.
Planning on heading to Japan for the 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics but worried about the language barrier? Fret not, as the country’s largest mobile carrier today announced that it will release a spoken translation app to ensure smooth communication with the locals. NTT Docomo will offer its Jspeak app starting November 10, currently exclusive to the Google Play store – and not locked down to Docomo subscribers only. As long as you’ve got an Android-powered smartphone or tablet (running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later), you’ll have access to the paid service, which will be available for US$.99 a day or US$2.99 per week.
For parents, the world outside the safety of home can be a scary place. Work and other commitments make it impossible to monitor children once they have left the nest, but a new wearable from NTT Docomo – announced this morning in Tokyo – seeks to ease their worries. Docotch is a wristwatch-like device that allows parents to track their child’s location and communicate in the case of danger or natural disaster. It utilizes 3G connectivity, GPS, and Bluetooth – as well as air temperature and humidity sensors – to pinpoint a wearer’s location.
NTT Docomo (“Docomo”) is best known as Japan’s most widely used mobile carrier . Now, the company is also branching into machine translation. Docomo announced it will create a new company, Mirai Translate, in a joint venture with European translation service provider SysTran and Japanese speech technology firm FueTrek . Initial capital for the venture comes at JPY 990 million (US$ 9.05 million), with Docomo supplying 51 percent ownership, SysTran 30 percent, and FueTrek the remaining 19 percent. Mirai Translate will go live in October.
Tokyo, Aug 29, 2014 – (JCN Newswire) – NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, announced today that business customers in Japan are most satisfied with mobile phone or PHS services from DOCOMO – the sixth consecutive year the company has achieved this top ranking – according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2014 Japan Business Mobile Phone Service StudySM. The study, which was released yesterday, determines rankings based on customer satisfaction benchmarks in four categories: handset and service, troubleshooting, sales representatives, and cost. DOCOMO scored highest in overall satisfaction.
Our smartphones connect us to the internet and millions of apps, but it is our telecommunications providers that allow the connection to take place at all. It makes perfect sense that the companies behind our handsets would be keen to aid tech startups, because people don’t just buy smartphones for specs – they buy them to access the must-have apps that keep us glued to our screens. NTT Docomo and KDDI – Japan’s first and second-largest wireless carriers by user base, respectively (or first and third , if one accounts for group companies) – are on the front-lines of startup investment with multi-million dollar funds and seasoned incubation programs.
3 Hong Kong has exclusively introduced NTT DOCOMO’s popular Japanese Translator app in Hong Kong, the mobile service provider announced recently. 3 Hong Kong is the mobile telecommunications division of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited. According to the service provider, ‘this amazing travel aid enables users to communicate with ease in Japanese, even if they do not know the language.
Tata Docomo is soon going to turn all of Connaught Place in Delhi into a WiFi Hotspot. With promised seamless coverage of the entire 4km area, including inner and outer circles, visitors (and more importantly, tourists) in the area will be able to enjoy instant access to information on any smart device they own. In the next few years, we should see a large number of public Wi-Fi hotspots coming up in the country.
NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest wireless carrier by subscriber base, will show off a prototype of what the company is calling the world’s first SIM-based authentication device tomorrow at Mobile Asia Expo 2014 in Shanghai. Tech in Asia was given a preview demonstration of the new gadget, named Portable SIM, at Docomo’s corporate headquarters in Tokyo. The company hopes that it will someday be downsized and incorporated into a wearable gadget with multiple functions beyond just SIM activation.
Japan’s NTT Docomo, the country’s largest wireless carrier by subscriber base, will begin offering Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display from June 10. Amid pressure from rivals who embraced Apple devices much earlier than Docomo, the company hopes to boost subscribers – while Apple stands to widen its commanding share of the Japanese market.
Starting tomorrow, Nintendo will offer a 3DS tethering app for select Android-powered smartphones and tablets on Japan’s Docomo wireless network. The exclusive app, called Kantan (Easy) Tethering, will be available through the Google Play store and Docomo’s bundled dmenu app. At launch, it will only be compatible with Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone – which also happens to be debuting in the Japanese market tomorrow.
TOKYO, JAPAN: NEC Corporation has reached an agreement with NTT DOCOMO, INC. to jointly conduct trials aimed at the practical use of technologies for a 5th-generation mobile communication standard (5G). 5G is a new mobile communication standard representing an advancement in the current 3.9G/4G (LTE/LTE-Advanced) standards currently adopted around the world. 5G is the subject of international research efforts seeking to achieve communications speeds of 10Gbps or greater, enabling higher-definition video transmission and a range of additional benefits.
TOKYO: Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo said Friday it would abandon a once-hopeful Indian telecoms business, becoming the latest major firm to run into trouble in the huge market. The Tokyo-based company said it would move to unload its 26.5% stake in money-losing Tata Teleservices (TTSL) as it also announced that its annual net profit turned down.