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Docomo tests virtualised Evolved Packet Core

Japanese carrier NTT Docomo and local equipment vendor NEC said Monday they have successfully virtualised the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) in joint verification tests to support the functions required for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

DoCoMo to launch VoLTE in July

Japanese incumbent operator NTT DoCoMo has announced plans to launch Voice over LTE services following a planned software update scheduled for late June or early July. DoCoMo said that users will be able to access LTE data throughputs of 150Mbps during voice calls as well as the firm’s disaster information notifications.

Docomo to begin 5G trials in Japan

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has farmed out trial contracts to several big infrastructure vendors in order to pilot 5G mobile network technologies, promising data rates of 10Gbps.

NTT Docomo to sell Indian stake

Japanese operator NTT Docomo has put its stake in Indian operator Tata Teleservices up for sale. The Japanese firm has a 26.5 per cent stake in the Indian operator, which it acquired in 2009. But Docomo intends to sell its stake back to its JV partner Tata Group.

DoCoMo targets $11bn in non-core service revenues in 2015

Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo is targeting $11bn in non-core service revenues in 2015, up from $6bn in 2012, according to Hiroyasu Asami, executive vice president and managing director of the firm’s Smart Life Business Division. Asami said that the firm expects finance and payment services, media and content services and commerce to each account for $3bn of the 2015 total, with other services making up the remainder.

NTT Docomo calls on NSN and Panasonic for LTE-A network

Japanese operator NTT Docomo has selected vendors Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) and Panasonic to develop its next generation LTE-A network architecture. In one of the earliest roll out of the technology, the two vendors will provide the operator with base stations that are optimised for LTE Advanced.

Japanese firms team up on smartphone chips

Japanese handset makers NEC and Fujitsu have joined forces with the country’s market leading operator NTT Docomo to set up a joint venture to develop smartphone chips. The firms have collaborated closely in the past and had even attempted to launch a similar JV, with the participation of Samsung and Panasonic.

Nokia set to withdraw completely from Japanese handset market

Nokia’s gradual withdrawal from the Japanese market looks set to continue, with rumours that the vendor is set to withdraw its Vertu range of “luxury” handsets and services due, apparently, to the brand’s inability to compete with smartphones.

NTT DoCoMo and Twitter announce partnership

NTT DoCoMo has announced a deal with Twitter that will see the pair working on the development of location-based and other mobile services. According to DoCoMo, one of the envisioned services will “bring richer search results” to users through the use of Real-Time Tweets.

NTT DoCoMo to increase investment in Tata Teleservices

NTT DoCoMo is to increase its investment in India’s Tata Teleservices Liminted (TTSL). TTSL is looking to raise up to $670m in a stock sell-off to fund network expansion in India, including a 3G wireless network, which was launched in November last year.

DoCoMo and KT to drive cross-border NFC services

NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s leading cellular carrier, has teamed with Korea’s KT Corporation to develop cross-border near field communication (NFC) solutions that will work in both countries. The services, which will include mobile payment, mass-transit ticketing and promotional coupons, are due for launch in both markets from the end of 2012.

DoCoMo picks up rest of PacketVideo

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo said Monday it has acquired the remaining 65 per cent of multimedia software firm PacketVideo that it did not already own. The move takes PacketVideo out of the hands of US wireless broadband vendor NextWave Wireless and makes it a wholly owned DoCoMo subsidiary.

DoCoMo brand to debut in India

Indian carrier Tata Teleservices (TTSL) is to launch a GSM service this month under the brand of Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo, which holds a 26 per cent stake in TTSL.

DoCoMo squeezes 120Mbps out of LTE

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo said Monday that it has successfully field tested LTE technology, claiming wireless transmissions in the range of 120Mbps in an urban environment.

MontaVista takes seat in LiMo

Mobile Linux movement, the LiMo Foundation, won yet more support on Thursday as OS developer MontaVista joined the group. A handful of telecom powerhouses banded together in January to form the mobile Linux collective. Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile, Samsung and Vodafone were the founding members. A not for profit organisation, the foundation […]

DoCoMo feeling the pinch

Leading Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo said Friday that net profit for the three months to the of June dropped 24.9 per cent year on year to Y122.8bn ($1bn) due to intense competition and ARPU losses. The introduction of mobile number portability (MNP) and aggressive tariffs from KDDI and Softbank have put the squeeze on DoCoMo, […]

DoCoMo trials “Super 3G”

Japan’s number one mobile operator NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is to beginning testing an experimental “super” 3G system. The carrier hopes to achieve a downlink transmission rate of 300Mbps. This compares with current HSDPA deployments now at between 1.8 Mbps and 14.4Mbps. The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is currently discussing standardization of […]

DoCoMo and Casio share the credit

Japan’s number one operator NTT DoCoMo has announced a joint venture with compatriot electronics giant Casio Computer. The firms are teaming up to provice digital payments systems, mainly for the mobile carrier’s iD mobile credit card platform. The JV, CXD NEXT, will be officially launched this Monday and will begin providing services on September 1st […]

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