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.