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DoCoMo may invest $3.3bn for LTE
02 November 2010
Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is planning to cover 7% of Japan with 75-megabit LTE services by March 2011 at a cost of $430m, rising to 40% two years later
NTT DoCoMo is planning to invest $3.3 billion over the next two years to launch next-generation LTE cellular data service for major cities across Japan.
The company, which will initially launch networks from about 1,000 base stations in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya by the end of 2010, will spend $430 million on the LTE deployment during the current fiscal year ending in March 2011, giving coverage of about 7% of the country’s population.
The company’s LTE network will support speeds of up to 75 megabits a second. DoCoMo has previously said that LTE is expected to have eventual speeds of 300 megabits.
NTT DoCoMo may also add an additional 4,000 base stations and invest $1.2 billion, increasing coverage to 20% of the population, in the next fiscal year, beginning in April 2011.
The company will add 15,000 base stations to expand coverage to 40% of Japan’s population, with an investment of $2.1 billion, in the financial year ending in March 2013. GTB