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NTT DoCoMo looks to go global with Buongiorno bid

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has placed an offer to acquire all shares in European mobile internet content and apps provider Buongiorno for €224m The bid has already gained partial acceptance as Mauro Del Rio, owner of approximately 20 per cent of the company’s stock, has entered into an irrevocable undertaking with the operator’s German arm, DoCoMo Deutschland, to tender all of his shares for the offer.

Different Strokes

Alan Hadden, chairman of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association

With the LTE Asia conference imminent, Telecoms.com speaks to Alan Hadden, president of the Global Mobile Suppliers Association, about the spectrum challenges facing the Asian LTE market. Fragmentation is as much of an issue in Asia Pacific as it is in the rest of the world, with early movers trying to muster support for their competing strategies.

Sprint joins the Google carrier billing club

Sprint now offers carrier direct billing for Android market users

Sprint has joined T-Mobile USA and AT&T on the Google carrier billing wagon, offering support for Android users who want to charge app purchases to their monthly bills. In a phased roll-out over the next few days, Sprint users will be offered a drop-down menu when purchasing apps, allowing them to choose between charging their credit card or “Bill my Sprint account.”

KDDI to offer HTC WiMAX handset

HTC's EVO 4G

HTC and Japanese carrier KDDI have announced that UQ Communications, KDDI’s WiMAX services subsidiary, will distribute HTC’s EVO WiMAX smartphone from April this year. It will be Japan’s first WiMAX smartphone.

DoCoMo eyes up blazing speeds on LTE Advanced trials

DoCoMo said it has achieved transmission data rates of approximately 1Gbps in the downlink and 200Mbps in the uplink

Japan’s leading carrier, NTT DoCoMo, said Monday that it is gearing up to test LTE Advanced with an eye to racking up speeds of 1Gbps on the downlink.

NTT DoCoMo to offer flat-rate data

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo will launch flat rate data billing for smartphones, tablets and data only devices, starting March 15. The plan will give customers a choice between two-tiered or full flat rate billing to suit their data usage habits. The two-tiered option lets users pay as they go for moderate data usage up to a set limit, or pay a flat-rate monthly charge of JPY5,985 ($72.5) if they exceed the set limit. Under the full flat-rate option, the monthly charge is JPY5,460 ($66.1) regardless of data volume.

DoCoMo, China Mobile, KT in concerted smartphone drive

The three companies will consider opportunities for collaboration, with a focus on the rising popularity of smartphones

Three of Northeast Asia’s largest carriers – Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, China Mobile, and South Korea’s KT, on Wednesday established a broad business partnership focused on international roaming for voice and data services.

LTE: Seizo Onoe, NTT DoCoMo

At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com caught up with Seizo Onoe, SVP and managing director of the R&D strategy department at NTT DoCoMo, and got his views on LTE deployment.

Focus on the future

Nordic carrier TeliaSonera may have stolen much of the limelight with its launch of LTE in Stockholm and Oslo, but other carriers are hot on its heels with a view to launching the 4G technology before the year is out. At the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam, telecoms.com caught up with Seizo Onoe, SVP and managing director of the R&D strategy department at NTT DoCoMo, and got his views on LTE deployment.

DoCoMo prepares for LTE rollout

DoCoMo prepares for LTE rollout

Leading Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo said Thursday it is laying the foundations for its LTE deployment by rolling out new WCDMA base stations that will be compatible with the 4G technology.

The goose drank wine

Not content with engineering a large scale merger in the UK with French owned carrier Orange, Deutsche Telekom has now set its sites on some monster consolidation in the US. That’s the rumour, anyway, and as any follower of international soccer-ball knows, you can never discount the Germans.

Mitsunobu Komori, CTO and MD of R&D Centre, NTT DoCoMo

Mitsunobu Komori, CTO and managing director of R&D Centre, NTT DoCoMo

With more than 30 years’ service at Japan’s incumbent telecoms operator, Komori was charged with leading DoCoMo’s legendary research and development centre in July 2008.

EMobile launches HSPA+ in Japan

EMobile launches HSPA+ in Japan

Japanese wireless broadband operator EMobile said Wednesday it has launched HSPA+ services in the country, using kit supplied by Huawei.

DoCoMo takes 35 per cent of PacketVideo

DoCoMo buys into PacketVideo

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo on Sunday acquired a 35 per cent stake in multimedia software firm PacketVideo, owned by wireless broadband vendor NextWave Wireless.

LiMo picks up speed with carrier commitments

Linux remains high on the agenda with regards to mobile handset operating systems but some degree of fragmentation looks likely to remain. This week, a handful of major operators committed to rolling out devices this year based on the LiMo Foundation’s flavour of Linux. NTT DoCoMo, Orange, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, have [...]

Nokia launches premium mobile service in Japan

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has announced plans to launch mobile services in Japan, using its Vertu luxury handset brand as a platform. The world’s biggest handset vendor is understood to be piggybacking on NTT DoCoMo’s 3G network in order to provide MVNO services to Japanese consumers. The operation is being run by Nokia Siemens Networks [...]

DoCoMo spends $2.7bn on Indian takeaway

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo struck a deal Wednesday to acquire 26 per cent of India’s sixth largest cellco, Tata Teleservices, for $2.7bn. In addition, DoCoMo said it also expects to make a further offer for up to 20 per cent of the outstanding common shares of Tata Teleservices Maharashtra. The move will give DoCoMo, which [...]

DoCoMo taps NSN, Fujitsu for LTE core

Setting the pace for adoption of next generation wireless broadband technology, Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu and Nokia Siemens Networks for an LTE core network. According to an announcement released Monday, DoCoMo has tapped Fujitsu to implement NSN’s core Long Term Evolution (LTE) platform, which the Japanese operator also calls Super 3G. The [...]

DoCoMo to build HSUPA chip

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo had teamed up with electronics manufacturers Fujitsu and Sharp and semiconductor firm Renesas Technology to co develop and HSUPA platform. DoCoMo said the SH-Mobile G4 single chip LSI device, will support HSUPA1/HSDPA2/WCDMA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE. The technology is due for completion by the first quarter of 2010. The SH-Mobile G4 will be [...]

DoCoMo working on Android handset

Leading Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo has revealed that it is working with Google on Android-based handsets for the Japanese market. At a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday, the Japanese giant announced a partnership agreement with the web firm to deliver search services, mobile advertising and potential i-mode applications to DoCoMo’s customers. There was [...]

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