NTT DoCoMo FOMA Subscribers Top 2 Million

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TOKYO, JAPAN, January 29, 2004 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and its eight regional subsidiaries announced that subscribers to the 3G FOMA® service surpassed two million today, two years and four months after the service was launched.

FOMA subscribers, having doubled in the last four months, reached the two million mark approximately two months ahead of DoCoMo's forecast. DoCoMo attributes this rapid increase to increasingly advanced handsets, expanded nationwide coverage and greater availability of service in indoor areas.

DoCoMo will soon launch the new 900i series, the most advanced FOMA handsets ever. Models in the series weigh approximately 115 grams, equivalent to the weights of 2G mova® handsets. They also boast a battery standby time of approximately 500 static hours. DoCoMo expects the impending launch of the 900i series to fuel a sharp increase in FOMA subscribers.

Meanwhile, DoCoMo continues to enhance FOMA's service quality. By the end of March, service coverage will reach 99% of Japan's population and indoor base stations will increase to 1,600 for expanded service inside major buildings, underground malls and subway stations. The expansion speed of FOMA's coverage area for indoor base stations is four times faster than that of PDC.

About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company with more than 47 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include i-mode®, the world's most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 40 million subscribers, and FOMA®, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

i-mode and FOMA are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
mova is a registered trademark of NT T DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is available only to subscribers in Japan.

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