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Tachikawa: staying one generation ahead
01 July 1999
NTT DoCoMo is one of the world's largest wireless operators, with over 23 million subscribers in Japan. It has also been promoting the adoption of W-CDMA as the global third generation mobile standard. And it is now establishing committees to work on 4G. NTT DoCoMo's president Keiji Tachikawa talks to Basil Ballhatchet about the operator's long-term plans.
Deregulation of the Japanese telecoms industry started in 1985,
when the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) was
transformed into a private company. After six years of protracted
discussions between the ministries of finance and posts and
telecommunications, it was decided to spin off the mobile
operations from NTT.
The new company, NTT Ido Tshushin Kikaku Kabushikikaisha, was
created in August 1991. The name was subsequently changed to NTT
DoCoMo in April 1992 (with DoCoMo standing for "Do Communications
over the Mobile Network"). In July 1993 NTT DoCoMo transferred
sales activities in the mobile communications business to eight
regional subsidiaries. The operator rapidly became the biggest
mobile operator in the world. It established its first subsidiary
in Europe in August 1998.
In October 1998 a 28.5% stake in NTT DoCoMo was sold in an initial
public offering. The IPO was more than two times over-subscribed,
raising $18.4 billion. Following the listing,...
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