DoCoMo, Inc. (a subsidiary of NTT
) is Japan
's largest mobile
communications operator. DoCoMo had more than
subscribers as of May
2000. The company also has subsidiaries in the U.S.
and is listed in the TSE
- the Tokyo Stock Exchange
. NTT DoCoMo Inc, offers a
popular cellular phone
service in Japan. To this they have added a technology called "i-mode
which allows cell phone users to connect to the Internet
. I-mode was launched on February
22nd, 1999; on August 6th, 2000 DoCoMo reported that the number of subscribers to the service
topped 10 million.
NTT DoCoMo Inc has been very successful with their Japanese
customer-base, but they are already
looking at branching out and growing their business
. As of July 2000, they started offering
h content through their I-mode portal
, to accommodate International
visitors to Japan,
but this is only a first step at globalizing their cellular and I-mode services.
In January 2001, DoCoMo began aggressively making deals to grow their business into Europe and
the United States.
First DoCoMo formed a Pan-European Mobile Internet Alliance with KPN Mobile NV, based in The
Hague, The Netherlands and Telecom Italia Mobile, based in Rome, Italy. This alliance is going
to rollout DoCoMo's I-mode technology to KPN and TIM's market in Belgium, Germany, Italy and
The Netherlands. This collective co-operation will give DoCoMo a foothold in the European
market, so they are not limited to Japan.
DoCoMo also began marketing a dual-mode phone, which uses NTT DoCoMo's PDC network in Japan
and the GSM digital mobile communications system available in Europe, Asia, Africa and
On Jan. 22 DoCoMo completed a payment of approx. US$9.8 billion to purchase a 16% stake
in AT&T Wireless stock and received a seat on AT&T's board of directors. This alliance
will work much like the pan-European scheme. AT&T's wireless nationwide network infrastructure
will be used to transport DoCoMo's I-mode service. This is not a licensing deal, AT&T and
DoCoMo will be working jointly with this project. A new company is going to be formed as a
result of this deal, and both companies will share technical resources and support staffing.
This arrangement will also help in promoting DoCoMo's W-CDMA technology in North America and
DoCoMo will use its partnership with AT&T to further it's International cellular roaming
capabilities into the United States.
I do not think that the Tokyo Stock Exchange publishes individual stock quotes on their
website. However, DoCoMo's site publishes its annual and semi-annual financial reports.
Shareholder's Equity per
share the previous year ended March 31, 2000 was valued at 202,122.90 yen ($2653.22 CAN).
As of September 30, 2000 the Shareholder Equity per share is 224,330.66 yen ($2944.73 CAN).
In all other areas, they are exceeding the previous year. They are even exceeding the previous
year in some yearly cumulative values.