TOKYO, JAPAN, January 6, 2006 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced that the number of subscribers to DoCoMo's 3G FOMA® service surpassed the 20 million mark on December 29, 2005, a little over four years since the service's launch on October 1, 2001.
DoCoMo attributes the rapid subscriber growth to its expanding range of 3G handsets, including new 902i FOMA models equipped for PushTalk™ walkie-talkie-style communication, ToruCa™ information download services and i-channel™ automatic telop-style information updates (news, etc.).DoCoMo also cites its almost nationwide coverage as a contributing factor.
The company expects FOMA subscriptions to reach 23.5 million by the end of March 2006.
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
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.
PushTalk and ToruCa are trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is only available to subscribers in Japan.