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NTT DOCOMO launches LTE service

NTT DOCOMO launches LTE service
Tim Green


General / December 25th 2010 at 1:39PM

World's fastest mobile connectivity comes to world's most advanced mobile market.

It's available initially in major urban centres of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, with plans to reach 70 per cent of the Japanese population by March 2015.

Users leaving the LTE service area are seamlessly handed over to DOCOMO’s 3G network, which serves all communities nationwide.

DOCOMO began developing its own experimental LTE system in 2007. Testing started in July 2007 and downlink rates of 250 Mbps were confirmed outdoors by March the following year.

In general, connectivity is approximately 10 times faster than DOCOMO’s current 3G service with HSPA.

By March 2013, DOCOMO plans to have spent in excess of USD3.6 billion on the network.

It expects that a quarter of the company’s subscribers, or 15 million people, will have migrated to LTE by March 2015.