[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 January, 2004, 07:01 GMT
DoCoMo gains from AT&T mobile bid
Mobile phone keypad
Japan's biggest phone firm, NTT DoCoMo, has seen its shares gain on the back of a potential bidding battle in the US mobile market.

The firm's finances have long suffered as its numerous stakes in foreign mobile operators have slumped in value.

But now both DoCoMo and US operator Cingular, reports say, are looking to take control at US firm AT&T Wireless - in which DoCoMo has a 17% stake.

DoCoMo's shares rose 5,000 yen to 237,000 yen, bucking a falling market.

Earlier on Wednesday, the company's shares had risen as much as 5%.

AT&T Wireless, which was spun off from US phone giant AT&T, is currently worth about $27bn on its stock market valuation.

Reports in newspapers and wire services suggest that Cingular - owned by SBC and BellSouth - is offering slightly more than that.

Cingular is the US' number two mobile carrier with 23.4 million customers, trailing Verizon Wireless's 36 million by some distance but ahead of the 21.9 million claimed by AT&T Wireless.

DoCoMo could offer more money, but could be handicapped by investor caution about its foreign investment strategy.

The minority stakes it took in a range of operators, including KPN in the Netherlands and 3 in the UK, cost it a 1.12 trillion yen write-down in 2001 and 2002, pushing it deep into the red.

DoCoMo turns down KPN cash call
10 Dec 02  |  Business
DoCoMo counts the cost of expansion
07 Nov 02  |  Business

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


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific