NTT DoCoMo to Collaborate with SingTel Mobile for W-CDMA 3G Mobile Multimedia Services
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today an agreement with Singapore Telecom Mobile Pte Ltd (SingTel Mobile) to collaborate in relation to the field of 3G mobile multimedia services based on W-CDMA technology.
Through technical exchange and joint studies, the companies also aim to realize interconnection and roaming between NTT DoCoMo's existing 3G network and the 3G network to be built in Singapore by SingTel Mobile, as well as to realize common 3G mobile multimedia services. They will also jointly study highly advanced wireless LAN service offerings, for example, IP connection and convergence with 3G mobile services.
"We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with SingTel Mobile, Asia's leading multi-market mobile operator," said Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, President and CEO of NTT DoCoMo. "We believe this partnership will help us expand W-CDMA-based 3G mobile multimedia services in Asia.. Interoperability is key to providing customers with seamless mobile multimedia services anytime, anywhere. This joint initiative will enable DoCoMo and SingTel Mobile to offer our respective customers value-added mobile multimedia services."
Mr. Lucas Chow, Chief Executive Officer of SingTel Mobile and Executive Vice President (Consumer Business) of SingTel, hailed the signing of the agreement as a landmark for regional mobile communications. He said: "This is an important development for both SingTel Mobile and DoCoMo as we team up to facilitate the growth of 3G services in Asia. The collaboration will help us take a step towards addressing some of the key concerns regarding 3G such as evolving common standards, roaming issues and compatibility of handsets. We are very excited about this cooperation agreement and the potential benefits it can bring to our respective customers."