BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific Arabic Spanish Russian Chinese Welsh
BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

BBC NEWS
 You are in: Business
Front Page 
World 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Market Data 
Economy 
Companies 
E-Commerce 
Your Money 
Business Basics 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


Commonwealth Games 2002

BBC Sport

BBC Weather

SERVICES 
Friday, 24 August, 2001, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
NTT DoCoMo in European tie-up
Man walks past NTT DoCoMo poster
NTT DoCoMo: Second only to Vodafone
Japan's NTT DoCoMo is to license its successful high-speed image transmission technology to mobile phone operators in Europe.

The phone giant has signed a deal with the Netherlands' KPN Mobile, Belgium's KPN Orange and Germany's E-Plus, the first time it has licensed technology to foreign companies.

KPN was the natural partner for DoCoMo. The Japanese firm holds a 15% stake in the Dutch company.

The three companies plan to use the technology to transmit and receive images via cell phones from September, a NTT DoCoMo spokesman said.

'Snapmail'

In the race to lead the market for new phone services, DoCoMo is keen to spread its hugely popular technology - used in the i-Mode service - abroad, especially to Europe.

DoCoMo is currently the world's second biggest cellular phone firm, behind the market leader Vodafone of the UK.

KPN Mobile has said it will undertake its first joint project with DoCoMo next month, when it introduces a digital camera that can e-mail pictures to mobile phones - called "Snapmail".

With the technology, KPN Mobile then hopes to jointly launch other mobile data services in Europe.

DoCoMo plans to launch third generation as a fully-fledged commercial service in Japan from October, making the country the pioneer for 3G.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
BBC's Oliver Woods
"NTT DoCoMo is the world's second biggest cellular phone firm"
See also:

27 Jul 00 | Business
AOL, NTT DoCoMo 'in talks'
09 May 00 | Business
NTT, KPN in mobile deal
24 Apr 01 | Business
DoCoMo: Racing to 3G launch
11 Oct 00 | Business
Japan's m-commerce boom
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Business stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Business stories