NTT DoCoMo Develops Common Software Platform for 3G FOMA Handsets


TOKYO, JAPAN, November 18, 2004 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that the company has developed a common software platform for 3G FOMA® handsets. DoCoMo will license the platform to handset vendors, aiming to support the development of high-quality FOMA devices with improved time-to-market and cost-effectiveness.

The development of software for mobile handsets has become increasingly time consuming due to the introduction of highly sophisticated services and functions. In response, DoCoMo will offer manufacturers a common software platform to support their development of distinctive application software and thereby differentiate their products.

The development platform is compatible with both the Linux and Symbian operating systems. The Linux version was jointly developed with NEC Corporation and Panasonic Mobile Communications, and the Symbian version was jointly developed with Fujitsu Corporation.

The platform consists of the following:

1) Middleware for common services and functions
2) Customized modules of the operating system
3) Sample device drivers
4) Sample application software, including scheduler, image viewer, etc.
5) Handset emulator software for PCs
6) Documentation, including development guidelines for applications/drivers, platform user's guide, etc.

Some models of the new 901i series, as well as other FOMA handsets to be released in this second half of fiscal 2004, are developed based on the common platform.

About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 48 million customers. The company offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode®, which provides e-mail and Internet access to over 42 million subscribers as the world's most popular mobile Internet service, 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

FOMA, and i-mode are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is available only to subscribers in Japan.

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