TOKYO, JAPAN, June 13, 2003 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced today that service area for its third-generation (3G) mobile phone will be expanded to an additional 43 towns and villages in the Kanto-Koshinetsu region* on June 14, 2003 and to 218 other towns nationwide by the end of this month. As a result, the expansion will raise FOMA coverage to 98% of populated areas in the Kanto-Koshinetsu region and nationwide coverage to some 93% of the population.
NTT DoCoMo will also expand the number of FOMA network base stations in existing service areas. Base stations in the Kanto-Koshinetsu region, including inside buildings and underground areas, will increase to 2,500 and nationwide they will increase to 7,000. The figures stood at 2,200 and 6,300, respectively, as of end-March 2003.
DoCoMo also announced that WORLD WING™, the FOMA international roaming service that enables subscribers to use their same mobile phone numbers overseas, will be expanded by five countries to a total of 58 on June 16, 2003. The new countries are Brazil, Canada, China, Pakistan and Vietnam. With the addition, WORLD WING will cover approximately 92% of the global destinations frequented by Japanese travelers.
The companies will continue to enhance its FOMA service both at home and abroad. FOMA is scheduled to reach 99% of Japan's population by end-March 2004 and virtually the entire population by end-March 2005. The company's In-building Mobile Communication System (IMCS) will be operating in some 1,600 buildings within existing service areas by end-March 2004. Overseas, DoCoMo will continue increasing the number of countries for the WORLD WING roaming service.
*Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata prefectures.
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
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