Alcatel and DoCoMo Engineering Inc., a 100% subsidiary of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Japan, have signed today, at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes (France), a Frame Agreement on consulting services and cooperation for network design, operations and enhancement of 3G/UMTS indoor coverage.
To provide this service, DoCoMo Engineering Inc., thanks to its IMCS* (In-building Mobile Communication System) service expertise, will collaborate with Alcatel, supporting system development such as network design and planning, network enhancement including quality of service assessment, radio optimization, or new radio features introduction.
Marc Rouanne, COO of Alcatel's Mobile Communications Group said: "With a business perspective based on the best of European and Japanese radio expertise combination, this co-operation will enable Alcatel to enrich its customer services offering with the field experience of the 3G worldwide leader."
Masami Yamamoto, President of DoCoMo Engineering Inc., indicated that "In order to ensure the development of W-CDMA services worldwide, mobile operators have to optimize indoor coverage especially in closed areas such as underground shopping malls, as well as inside buildings. In this regard, we consider that thanks to the collaboration with Alcatel that we have a capability for the development and production of state-of-the-art 3G/UMTS network solutions and DoCoMo Engineering Inc., in-building communication technologies, 3G/UMTS will become much popular in the coming near future. The collaboration with Alcatel this time is a first step for our future business development."
*IMCS (In-building Mobile Communication system) is a name of the system which has been developed by NTT DoCoMo Inc. Japan for providing telecommunication services in the closed area. This service is provided for mobile phones and PHS in closed areas such as underground facilities, inside building etc.
The service is made available by connecting radio base station located underground or inside buildings with NTT DoCoMo's mobile and PHS network through leased circuit. Then the radio base station is linked to antenna located in several locations in closed area via coaxial cable, optical fiber etc.