Docomo

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Korea & Japan Trip
Spring 2001

NTT DoCoMo and

Japan’s Wireless Industry

Anu Bhave Haakon Brown Will Chu Jose De Oteyza Mario Lewis Wendy Miller Luis Pintado NTT DoCoMo seems to have the elements of a successful global player. First, it is in a promising market. The wireless phone market is growing rapidly and industry forecasts predict more than half the world’s population will own a cellular phone by the year 2003, a much higher penetration rate than computers. Furthermore, based in Japan, DoCoMo has the advantage over American and European counterparts, like AT&T, Sprint and Vodafone AirTouch, of being closer to the 3.3 billion person Asian market. In addition, DoCoMo is at the leading edge of technology and is expected to be the first mobile operator to launch a 3rd Generation (3G) wireless network by Spring 2001.

NTT DoCoMo Background

In 1959 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) entered the telephone industry in Japan with an offering of maritime telephone service. They added paging services in 1968, car telephone services in 1986, and in-flight public telephone service in 1987. In 1991 NTT established a separate company to provide wireless communication offerings, NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. This new company was then spun off by NTT in 1992, ultimately resulting in one of the biggest initial public offerings for the time in 1998, and is now 67.1% owned by NTT with the balance of shares owned by public investors. By 1993 mobile subscribers surpassed the 5 million mark, and consumer growth has been dramatic with more than 20 million subscribers as of 1998. NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. officially changed their name to NTT DoCoMo in April of 2000 to adopt their widely recognized brand name. DoCoMo is Japan’s largest mobile…...

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