Showing posts with label NTT DOCOMO. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NTT DOCOMO. Show all posts

Monday, February 18, 2013

DOCOMO Develops 5-Band LTE Base Station Antenna

NTT DOCOMO has developed a base station antenna that supports five frequency bands, including Japan's newly allocated 700MHz band for LTE

DOCOMO plans to begin installing 700MHz-compatible base stations in preparation for the new spectrum, which will become available for use in commercial LTE service in Japan from early 2015.

The new antenna the same size as DOCOMO’s existing four-band antennas for 800MHz, 1.5GHz, 1.7GHz and 2GHz.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

NTT DOCOMO's Smartphone Spring Line-Up Adds "Twonky Beam"

NTT DOCOMO unveiled its 2013 spring device lineup, including 11 smartphones and tablets, plus one mobile Wi-Fi router.

Some of the new and prominent features:

  • First DOCOMO smartphones capable of full-HD for superb high-definition video.
  • Compatible with DOCOMO’s Xi LTE service for max. downlink of 112.5 Mbps (some areas), the fastest LTE connection in Japan as of January 21.
  • A large selection of models featuring quad-core CPUs for increased enjoyment of mobile games and videos.
  • Many models running on Android 4.1.
  • Large-capacity batteries (2,000mAh or more) for power-thirsty users.
  • Smartphone model with special safety and security features for preteens.

DOCOMO is also pushing ahead with a "Smart Home" initiative for sharing videos, music and other content between smartphones and home electronics.  As part of this initiative, DOCOMO is offering a Wi-Fi-dedicated tablet with access to its dmarket portal and a "SmartTV dstick," which is a small flash drive-like HDMI device for transferring movies and animation from dmarket to large-screen televisions.

In addition, new functions have been added to the "Twonky Beam" app, which enables DOCOMO smartphones to play full-HD digital-terrestrial and broadcast-satellite programs that are stored on the user’s Blu-ray recording devices at home.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Japan Examines Disaster Scenarios for Network Congestion

Researchers from NTT DoCoMo, Tohoku University, NEC, Hitachi East Japan Solutions and Fujitsu have set up a joint test bed to examine network resiliency issues during major disasters such as the Great East Japan Earthquake.  The test environment has been set-up in the Yokosuka Research Park and at Tohoku University.

The idea is to enable more dynamic network control for dealing with priority mail and voice calls when congestion spikes above a certain threshold.

Monday, November 19, 2012

DOCOMO Develops 3G/LTE Femtocell

NTT DOCOMO has developed a dual-mode small-cell base station, or femtocell, supporting 3G (W-CDMA) and LTE simultaneously.   The dual-mode femtocell, which will be commercially launched from December, is designed for indoor locations such as offices, shops and homes.

The new femtocell weighs only 0.7 kg and measures just 18.5cm by 17.5 cm by 4.5 cm.  It supports 3G/LTE service coverage in a range of up to several tens of meters, depending on actual conditions.  The LTE radio supports maximum downlink rates of 112 Mbps.  The unit is plug-and-play, automatically configuring itself to the surrounding radio environment.

Monday, August 20, 2012

LTE Uptake Accelerates at Docomo

As of August 19, NTT Docomo surpassed five million subscribers to its Xi (pronounced 'crossy') LTE service.

The four million mark was passed on July 22nd. Docomo attributed the faster pace to its recent introduction of a new lineup of a Xi-compatible smartphones. Going forward, the company aims to deliver enhanced customer satisfaction with its Xi smartphones, as well as compatible mobile Wi-Fi routers and other devices, and services such as Xi Talk 24 for free, unlimited voice calls between Xi subscribers.

  • In June 2012, DOCOMO announced flat-rate billing plans for Xi compatible smartphones, tablets and other data communication devices from October 1. The new offerings are lower cost than existing plans and are expected to benefit light users who do not download large-sized data such as video content. "Xi Pake-hodai Light" and "Xi Data Plan Light Ninen" plans will be available for 4,935 yen (including tax) per month, and the "Xi Data Plan Light" plan will be available for 6,405 yen (including tax) per month. Downlinks at a maximum of 75 Mbps will be available for up to 3 GB of data. For users who exceed 3 GB in a given month, the downlink speed will be reduced to a maximum of 128 Kbps for the remainder of that month, although users will have the option of continuing service at a maximum of 75 Mbps by paying an additional 2,625 yen (including tax) per 2 GB. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Japanese Companies Form Mobile Semiconductor Joint Venture

Fujitsu, NTT DOCOMO, NEC and Fujitsu Semiconductor will form a joint venture to focus on the development and sales of semiconductors with built-in modem functions for use in communications equipment. The companies have previously collaborated on various designs. The joint venture aims to leverage this work, along with technologies individually held by the companies, to gain a competitive advantage in smartphones.

The new Access Network Technology Limited will begin operations this month with 85 employees. The ownership of th JV is as follows: Fujitsu 52.8%; DOCOMO 19.9%; NEC 17.8%; Fujitsu Semiconductor 9.5%. 01-Aug-12

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NTT DOCOMO's Smartphone for Beginners - Raku-Raku

NTT DOCOMO introduced the Raku-Raku SMART PHONE, the first smartphone designed for users who are new to touchscreen operations.

The Raku-Raku offers a 4-inch display with a simplified menu and large fonts for increased clarity and ease of use. The touch screen mimics the impression of a conventional phone key, allowing users to first confirm where their finger is touching by highlighting the contact point and then requiring them to press more strongly to actually select the menu button or icon. The device confirms the selection with a slight vibration and click. The menu has three large, easy-to-understand buttons for phone, email and phonebook-and also includes three programmable one-touch speed dial buttons.

Monday, July 16, 2012

NTT DOCOMO Collaborates with China’s Baidu

NTT DOCOMO has invested US$22.5 million -- equivalent to 20 percent ownership -- in Baidu Yi Xin Network Technology, its joint venture with the Chinese language Internet search provider.

The companies will jointly provide value-added services and digital content for mobile phones in mainland China. Baidu Yi Xin is the content platform provider for mobile phones.

Starting in August, Baidu Yi Xin plans to provide content from Japan on its platform. This will include social games, e-commerce and other Web services, as well as Japan-made content localized for the Chinese market. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

NTT DOCOMO Selects Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Routers for LTE

NTT DOCOMO is deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s 7750 Service Routers for the IP/MPLS network supporting its LTE services.

Alcatel-Lucent’s IP routers feature integrated LTE Security Gateway functionality with IPSec (IP security) technology, a key requirement to securely transport LTE data for NTT DOCOMO. Alcatel-Lucent said space and energy efficiency were also key requirements for NTT DOCOMO. Alcatel-Lucent is working with FUJITSU, which has a long-standing relationship with NTT DOCOMO. Financial terms were not disclosed. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

DOCOMO Extends Cloud Services

NTT DOCOMO is preparing to launch an array of new personal services for smartphone and tablet users under a new "docomo cloud" brand.

The cloud strategy, which the company highlighted in its financial report issued late last month, aims to transform the company into being a "trusted personal agent" of its customers rather than a dumb pipe. Since launching its "Shabette-Concier" voice command-based app for Android on March 1, DOCOMO has logged over 2 million downloads. Starting next month, Shabette-Concier voice command-based app will be enhanced to provide precise answers to inquiries on a wide range of topics.

In June, DOCOMO will launch, Mail-Hon’yaku-Concier, an app that automatically translates text messages, such as e-mails and social networking messages, between Japanese and English/Chinese/Korean. The service uses cloud-based mobile interpretation technologies that DOCOMO currently is developing.

In August, DOCOMO will begin providing users with 5GB of free cloud storage for photos and videos. The service recognizes facial features and scenes for automatic sorting and grouping. Photo Collection will link to external services like Evernote, Eye-Fi and HighlightCam.

Also in August, DOCOMO will enhance its dmarket portal for smartphone and tablet apps and content. Content purchased from DOCOMO’s VIDEO Store, MUSIC Store, BOOK Store or ANIME Store can be enjoyed for no extra charge on multiple devices registered to the same subscriber. 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Docomo Outlines LTE Expansion Plans

NTT Docomo reported flat revenue growth for FY 2011 -- sales of 4,240 billion yen, up 0.4% compared to 4,224 billion yen for FY 2011. Income before taxes rose 5%. The company spent much of the last year recovering from the earthquake/tsunami disaster, implementing new disaster preparedness plans, expanding its new LTE networking, and putting in place the fundamentals to transform itself into a personal and enterprise integrated cloud service provider.

Some operational highlights:

The LTE network currently covers approx. 30% of Japan's population. The company is working to expand the footprint to 70% population coverage by March 31, 2013.

As of March 31, Docomo had 2.2 million Xi LTE subscribers, up by 1.1 million in the last 3 months. The company has set a target of 10 million Xi LTE subscriptions by March 31, 2013.

Docomo plans to start offering Xi service using 800 MHz and 1.5 GHz bands in Q3 FY 2012.

Docomo plans to start offering download speeds of up to 112 Mbps using 1.5 GHz band in selected areas within FY 2012.

Approximately 70% of the smartphones in the summer line-up will be Xi-enabled.

Docomo launched "Shabbette Concier" -- a cloud-based voice agent that controls smartphone features and answers questions regarding train schedules, maps, weather, news, wikipedia, etc.

CAPEX for 2012 is estimated at 735 billion yen, up from 726.8 billion yen in FY 2011 due to additional measures being taken to disperse important facilities and the deployment of facilities for personal and business clouds.

Friday, November 4, 2011

NTT Docomo Sets Sights on "Shaping a Smart Life"

NTT Docomo outlined its medium-term vision of transforming from Japan's largest mobile operator into an Integrated Service company with a mobile network at its core. The three-year plan calls for a rapid expansion of new services aimed at "Shaping a Smart Life" at a personalized level for each of its tens of millions of users. In short, Docomo seeks to become a Personal Life Agent by leveraging smartphones, a fully deployed LTE-Advanced network, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

Docomo plans to serve a wide range of smartphones and tablets through its own original content portal and marketplace for third party applications and services. The company will continue to offer its own line of LTE smartphones with advanced features such as e-wallet, new media broadcasting, location services and earthquake warnings. The network will deliver security capabilities such as anti-phishing, parental controls, spam filtering, and remote monitoring and support.

New technologies for the mid-term include smartphone sensor "jackets" for detecting environmental conditions such as radiation, UV exposure, body temperature, blood pressure, blood alcohol level, and even bad mouth odors. Better battery technology will bring super-rapid charging in about 10 minutes. Docomo also sees the incorporation of gesture technologies, better voice recognition, etc. by 2015.

Docomo will strive to increase its total smartphone subscriptions to 40 million by FY2015, including 30 million using its Xi LTE service.

Docomo is accelerating the expansion of its "Xi" LTE network with the target of achieving nationwide population coverage of 98% in FY2014. Over this period, the maximum downstream data throughput rate will be increased to 100 Mbps. This will be accomplish with the introduction of LTE -Advanced over the same period. After 2015, Docomo envisions LTE-Advanced scaling to Gigabit speed downloads through the use of higher MiMO and additional spectrum.

Maximum data throughput rates will be increased to 100 Mbps nationwide by FY 2014 with the introduction of LTE -Advanced.

While the projected data traffic growth will be 12x by 2015, Docomo hopes to increase its packet revenues by 1.5x to reach 2.7 trillion yen in FY2015. Accommodating this traffic growth also requires a number of countermeasures, including the use of new spectrum, the implementation of small-cell architecture, traffic management for the heaviest data users, new tiered pricing schemes, and the expansion of Wi-Fi offload. Docomo will increase the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots from 30,000 to 100,000.

The real transformation into an Integrated Services company will occur through the convergence of the advanced mobile network with other industries. Docomo plans to lead the way by becoming a Personal Life Agent in broadcasting & content recommendations, personal and vehicular navigation, personal health monitoring, personal data storage, personal memory storage (photo and video archiving), mobile banking and mobile commerce. Docomo plans to increase the financial investments it has made in start-ups operating in each of these sectors. Revenue targets for 2015 have now been set in these sectors. Overall, the company aims to expand the revenue of these New Businesses to approximately 1 trillion yen by FY2015, about 2.5 times the current run rate.

Cloud services and artificial intelligence will be the key enablers for these New Businesses.

Docomo is also looking to boost its international presence by promoting this "platform" vision with other carriers. It holds strategic investments in a number of key telecom carriers and has formed strategic alliances with others.

In addition, Docomo is moving ahead to implement key learning from the Great East Japan Earthquake. These include:

  • Enhancing its ability to quickly deploy large scale base stations following a major disaster

  • Securing base station power supplies for extended electrical outage.

  • Ensuring the swift provisioning of satellite mobile phones following a major disaster

  • Increasing the usage of microwave backhaul and satellite circuits as a back-up to fiber connections.