TOKYO, JAPAN, July 27, 2010 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it has signed a licensing agreement with MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions headquartered in Taiwan, to deploy “LTE-PF,” a mobile-device chipset platform (see diagram) based on Long Term Evolution (LTE), the new mobile communication standard being adopted worldwide for super-fast downlinks above 100 Mbps and uplinks above 50 Mbps.
This is the first license agreement for LTE-PF, which was jointly developed by DOCOMO, NEC CASIO Mobile Communications, Ltd., Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. and Fujitsu Limited. The agreement enables MediaTek to provide devices that integrate LTE-PF for mobile phone markets worldwide including Japan, for which DOCOMO will receive a license fee.
“The agreement with MediaTek will be the starting point for LTE-PF’s global expansion,” says Toshio Miki, Managing Director of the Communication Device Development Department at DOCOMO. “We believe LTE-PF chipsets produced by a globally renowned company with a proven track record like MediaTek will create more opportunities both for Japanese mobile phone manufacturers to go global and overseas manufacturers to enter the Japanese market.”
LTE-PF (shaded area) in Mobile Terminal System
- About NTT DOCOMO
- NTT DOCOMO is the world’s leading mobile operator and provider of advanced mobile services. The company serves over 56 million customers in Japan, including 49 million using i-mode™, the world’s most popular mobile e-mail/Internet platform, and 54 million using FOMA™, the world’s original 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. As a leader in the development of cutting-edge mobile technologies, DOCOMO is continually expanding the role of mobile phones as versatile and highly personalized “lifestyle tools” for everyday life, including with a wide range of innovative services for mobile payments, GPS, mobile TV, multimedia content and much more. 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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