O2 to Launch i-mode in Ireland

Partnerships

TOKYO, JAPAN, October 6, 2005 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. reported that O2 announced that they will be launching DoCoMo's i-mode® service in Ireland starting October 7th.

The service, which will be offered over O2's W-CDMA and GPRS networks, marks the fourteenth global market for DoCoMo's i-mode mobile Internet service, following Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Australia, Israel, Russia and most recently the UK, where O2 launched a service on October 1.

DoCoMo concluded an agreement in November 2004 to provide O2 with know-how, technologies and patents necessary to launch the i-mode service.

DoCoMo will continue to work with international partners to introduce i-mode services in other markets worldwide.



Outline of i-mode service in Ireland

1) Operator: O2 Ireland
2) Launch date: October 7th, 2005
3) Area: O2's 3G and GPRS network in Ireland
4) Network: W-CDMA and GPRS
5) Handsets: NEC N343i, and Samsung S500i and Z320i
6) Service includes:
  1. Around 80 sites at the time of launch, available in English
  2. i-mode mail availability
  3. MMS transmission compatibility


About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 50 million customers. The company offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode® which provides e-mail and Internet access to over 45 million subscribers as the world's most popular mobile Internet service, 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, North America and Asia, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific and Europe. 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.

About O2 Ireland
O2 Ireland is a leading mobile communications provider in Ireland. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of O2 plc, which is listed on the London and New York Stock Exchanges and also operates in the UK, the Isle of Man and Germany. The O2 group has 25 million customers and some 15,000 employees. O2 Ireland revenues for the year ended 31 March 2005 were € 816 million.


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.

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