NTT DoCoMo to Apply for License to Set Up Outdoor Stations for Wireless Broadband Field Experiment

R&D

TOKYO, JAPAN, March 28, 2006 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced that it applied today to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications for a license to set up experimental outdoor wireless stations to test WiMAX, a new wide-area wireless broadband network technology, based on the IEEE 802.16e standard.

DoCoMo, working in collaboration with other NTT group companies, will conduct the test in the Yoyogi area of Tokyo for about one year using the 2.5GHz frequency band. The test will cover the following subjects:

  • Assess throughput and wireless transmission characteristics according to the distances between a handset and base station, and handset moving speed.
  • Verify the optimal wireless parameters and base station allocations to obtain maximum results.
  • Assess the possibility of interference from existing satellite communication systems, such as WideStar™.
  • Confirm continuous connections during handover within the WiMAX system or between WiMAX and other systems, such as HSDPA.
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.

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.
WideStar is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan.

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