NTT Docomo Inc. announced that it would start selling Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy S smartphone customized for the increasingly competitive Japanese market on October 28, 2010. Docomo plans to increase its market share as well as to challenge the current market domination by iPhone and its exclusive service provider Softbank Corp.
The Galaxy S features a 4-inch, ultra bright super AMOLED high resolution mult-touch screen that can display full high-definition video. The phone is powered by Google’s Android 2.2 operating system and is equipped with a 5 megapixel camera. The phone also supports Flash based web content and games.
Docomo’s President & CEO Ryuji Yamada hopes that the Galaxy S will give the iPhone a serious run for its money and expects that Galaxy sales will easily match the half million units sales by that of Sony Ericsson’s Experia, another smartphone introduced earlier by Docomo in April.
NTT Docomo is a leading mobile operator as well as a developer of cutting-edge mobile technologies in the world. In Japan, Docomo serves over 56 million customers, of which 48 million subscribe to its i-mode services, the world’s most popular mobile email/Internet platform, and 54 million customers subscribe to its FOMA, the world’s original 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA technology.
In November 2008, NTT Docomo acquired a 26% stake in Tata Teleservices which ranked number 6 in the Indian telecom industry. India is the world’s fastest growing cellular market, with a rate of increase of as many as 9 million new customers a month. The newly formed Tata Docomo venture was launched in India in June 2009 and had signed up about 33 million users by the end of June 2010.
NTT Docomo is listed in Tokyo (TYO: 9437), New York (NYSE: DCM), and London (LSE: NDCM). NTT Docomo is a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation. Docomo announced on October 28, 2010 that its net income rose 22 percent to 167.6 billion yen ($2.1 billion) in the three months ended Sept. 30.
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