DoCoMo launches multi-vendor NFV

JapanTelecom Asia — Japan’s NTT DoCoMo and Ericsson have completed what they assert is the first commercial launch of a multi-vendor NFV system. DoCoMo has deployed the system, which is based on Ericsson’s open NFV platform, as part of a project to provide better services for customers. The platform is built on OpenStack-based open architecture, and initially supports a multi-vendor virtual evolved packet core environment.

DoCoMo develops NFV for multivendor EPC

JapanTelecom Asia — NTT DoCoMo has completed the development of what it says is the world’s first network function virtualization (NFV) technology that can run Evolved Packet Core (EPC) software from multiple vendors to enhance connectivity in high-volume areas. DoCoMo plans to deploy the technology on its network starting this March. It also plans to deploy SDN to make IP network flexible in accordance with the introduction of NFV.

KT, DoCoMo, SKT and Verizon team up for 5G trial specs

APACTelecom Asia — Four major cellcos – KT, NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom and Verizon – revealed plans to form a global initiative to develop 5G trial specifications that would serve as a common platform for various 5G trial activities around the world. The 5G Open Trial Specification Alliance – announced during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona on Monday – will be focused on technical fundamentals of 5G radio interface trial activities, with the goal of “promoting a more inclusive, open, and collaborative approach to developing 5G trial networks”.

3 HK completes VoLTE roaming trial with DoCoMo

Hong KongTelecom Asia — 3 HK, the mobile arm of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited (HTHKH), announced it completed a successful bilateral international voice-over-LTE roaming trial with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo. The trial used S8 Home Routed (S8HR) architecture, an LTE data roaming-based technology that can be deployed without IMS interaction between parties.

Korea, China and Japan’s telco operators partner on 5G

APACMetering — South Korean telecoms operator KT announced that its chairman Hwang Chang-kyu met the CEOs of China’s state-owned telecommunication company China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s operator, to discuss ways in which the three operators could promote their cooperation in the 5G sector, reports The Korea Herald. The Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (SCFA) meeting took place in Shizuoka, Japan, and was attended by CEOs and executives of the telecoms companies.

DoCoMo launches network consulting services

JapanTelecom Asia — Japan’s NTT DoCoMo will today commence providing mobile network consulting services to overseas mobile operators, starting with an arrangement in the Philippines. The operator has been contracted to provide network consulting services to Smart Communications, focused on improving and optimizing radio network quality in capital city Manila.

DoCoMo, Sansan offer business-card management service

JapanTelecom Asia — NTT DoCoMo and Sansan have launched the Sansan Smartphone Plan Storage Pack, an application service for easily digitizing and managing business cards, via Business Plus. Business Plus offers cloud-based services mainly to enable small and mid-sized enterprises to deploy efficient, low-cost ICT business solutions.

More global operators working on TDD LTE network development

China.gifWant China Times — More and more telecom operators around the world that have deployed Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) networks are considering exploring the global Time Division Duplex (TDD) LTE market on the 3.5 GHz band, reports Shanghai’s China Business News. China Telecom and China Unicom, two of China’s three major telecom operators, have begun carrying out trials on TDD and FDD integration after both of them obtained FDD and TDD-LTE hybrid networking pre-commercial operating licenses earlier this year, allowing them to each carry out initial trials in 16 pilot cities.

NTT Docomo selects Gemalto for IoT applications

JapanMachine to Machine Magazine — Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces that NTT Docomo, the largest mobile operator in Japan with about 65 million subscribers, has selected Gemalto to enable connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Gemalto’s Cinterion® Machine Identification Module (MIM) complies with the most stringent industry standards1 and was first to meet the high quality requirements of the Japanese market.

Digitimes Research: Japan telecom operators to differentiate smartphones with special features

JapanSmartphones 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.

Digitimes Research: Japan online video market to grow significantly starting 2H15

JapanJapan’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.

Carriers From China, Japan, South Korea To Enhance 5G Cooperation

apac 2During 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.

Nokia, DoCoMo aim for 5G ahead of Tokyo Olympics

JapanBARCELONA: 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.

KT, China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo team up for 5G

APACBARCELONA, 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.

Ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics, NTT Docomo to offer translation app for 10 languages

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.

Japan’s largest telco announces child-tracking wearable, ‘Docotch’

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.

Japanese telco Docomo to tackle machine translation with new joint venture

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.

DOCOMO Ranked Highest in Business Customer Satisfaction for Sixth Consecutive Year

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.

Here’s what Docomo and KDDI are doing to promote startups in Asia

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 introduces exclusive Japanese translator app

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 to turn CP into a WiFi Hotspot

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.

Docomo’s new gadget separates the SIM card from your mobile device, but why?

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.

After boosting sales with iPhone, Japan’s NTT Docomo to offer iPad

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.

Nintendo and Docomo join forces to offer 3DS tethering in Japan

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.

NEC and NTT DOCOMO to conduct 5G trials

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.

Japan mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo exiting India business

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.