TOKYO, JAPAN, October 24, 2003 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and Fujitsu Limited today signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly showcase third-generation (3G) FOMA® mobile communication services in France.
Under the agreement, the companies will establish a base station in France that will be connected to DoCoMo's FOMA network in Japan through an international private line. The demonstration will be based in a showroom of Alcatel, Fujitsu's 3G partner, in the suburbs of Paris. It will enable Europeans to directly experience DoCoMo's groundbreaking FOMA, the world's first commercial 3G mobile communications service based on W-CDMA technology.
The showroom will be established in November 2003 and be in operation for one year. DoCoMo, as part of providing access to its FOMA network for the demonstration, will set up a radio network controller to connect the international line with the network. Fujitsu will provide the FOMA handsets and base station and, together with Alcatel, will set up and operate the showroom. 3G systems have been developed by Evolium SAS, a joint venture company established by Fujitsu and Alcatel.
European visitors will be able to use 3G handsets available commercially in Japan to experience FOMA's rich features, such as videophone, i-mode® mobile internet, i-motionTM sound and video-clip transmission, "Multiaccess" simultaneous voice/data communications, superior voice quality and high-speed data transmission.
By exposing visitors to 3G mobile communications through hands-on demonstrations, the project is expected to generate strong interest in the highly advanced FOMA service and thereby lay the groundwork for a successful introduction of 3G services in Europe.
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 47 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include i-mode®, the world's most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 39 million subscribers, and FOMA, 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 Asia-Pacific and the Americas. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the stock exchanges in Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM). For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. For more information, visit http://www.fujitsu.com/.
i-mode and FOMA are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is only available to subscribers in Japan.
i-motion is a trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan. All other company/product names mentioned may or may not be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are used for identification purposes only.