TOKYO, JAPAN, April 22, 2003 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today an agreement with Singapore Telecom Mobile Pte Ltd (SingTel Mobile) to collaborate in relation to the field of 3G mobile multimedia services based on W-CDMA technology.
Through technical exchange and joint studies, the companies also aim to realize interconnection and roaming between NTT DoCoMo's existing 3G network and the 3G network to be built in Singapore by SingTel Mobile, as well as to realize common 3G mobile multimedia services. They will also jointly study highly advanced wireless LAN service offerings, for example, IP connection and convergence with 3G mobile services.
"We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with SingTel Mobile, Asia's leading multi-market mobile operator," said Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, President and CEO of NTT DoCoMo. "We believe this partnership will help us expand W-CDMA-based 3G mobile multimedia services in Asia.. Interoperability is key to providing customers with seamless mobile multimedia services anytime, anywhere. This joint initiative will enable DoCoMo and SingTel Mobile to offer our respective customers value-added mobile multimedia services."
Mr. Lucas Chow, Chief Executive Officer of SingTel Mobile and Executive Vice President (Consumer Business) of SingTel, hailed the signing of the agreement as a landmark for regional mobile communications. He said: "This is an important development for both SingTel Mobile and DoCoMo as we team up to facilitate the growth of 3G services in Asia. The collaboration will help us take a step towards addressing some of the key concerns regarding 3G such as evolving common standards, roaming issues and compatibility of handsets. We are very excited about this cooperation agreement and the potential benefits it can bring to our respective customers."
Statements made in this press release with respect to DoCoMo's plans, objectives, strategies, beliefs and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements about the future performance of DoCoMo which are based on management's expectations and beliefs in light of the information currently available to it. These forward-looking statements, such as statements regarding DoCoMo's 3G services, are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from and worse than as described in the forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, DoCoMo's ability to smoothly expand, acquire subscribers and add capacity as necessary for its FOMA 3G network; DoCoMo's ability to successfully expand internationally through international alliances and investments outside of Japan and achieve expected operational and financial returns; and DoCoMo's ability to continue to win acceptance of its products and services, which are offered in highly competitive markets characterized by continual new product introductions, rapid developments in technology, subjective and changing consumer preferences. Further information about the factors that could affect the company's results is included in "Item 3.D: Risk Factors" of its annual report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 10, 2002, which is available in the investor relations section of the company's web page at www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english and also at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov.
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 46 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include , the world's most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 38 million subscribers, and , launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North and South America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and North and South America. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english
i-mode and FOMA are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
About SingTel Mobile/SingTel
SingTel Mobile is the largest mobile operator in Singapore, serving more than 1.5 million customers. Always at the forefront of technology, SingTel Mobile was the first operator to introduce the concept of wireless Internet to Singapore, through technologies such as Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). It operates the country's most extensive wireless LAN network and has been awarded a licence to operate a 3G network in Singapore.
SingTel Mobile is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Asia's leading communications company with operations and investments in more than 20 countries and territories around the world.
Operating out of two major centres, Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary SingTel Optus), the SingTel Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of services that include voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms.
The Group's other major investments in the region include Advanced Info Service of Thailand, the Bharti Telecom Group of India, Globe Telecom of the Philippines and Telkomsel of Indonesia. Together with its regional partners, SingTel is Asia's largest multi-market mobile operator, serving more than 32 million customers in six markets.
SingTel has been recognised Best Asian Telecom Operator by industry publication, TelecomAsia, for five consecutive years since 1998. The Group turnover for the year ended 31 March 2002 was S$7.34 billion (US$4.22 billion). More information can be found @ http://info.singtel.com/