NTT DoCoMo to Invest in Aplix


TOKYO, JAPAN, November 30, 2005 --- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that it will acquire 15,000 newly allocated shares, or 14.98%, of software company Aplix Corporation for 12.975 billion yen, or 865,000 yen per share. DoCoMo expects to complete this investment process on December 21, 2005. As a result, DoCoMo and its wholly owned subsidiary,, which already owns 3,000 shares, will hold a total stake of 17.98% in Aplix.

Aplix develops embedded software, mainly middleware for mobile phones and PCs, as well as markets software. Its JavaTM products are sold under the brand name JBlendTM.

DoCoMo and Aplix already enjoy a close working relationship in the development of DoJaTM/Java platforms, which have enabled an increasing number of Java products to be adapted to 3G FOMA® handsets. Following the share purchasing, they expect to enhance their partnership by forming technical tie-ups in handset middleware centered on Java technology, which will enhance the capability of DoCoMo's Java handsets and raise the efficiency of handset development.

Aplix was established in 1986 and is headquartered in Tokyo. It had capital of about 6.73 billion yen as of June 2005 and 141 employees, or 202 on a consolidated basis, as of December 2004.

About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company, serving more than 50 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 45 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, North America and Asia, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific and Europe.
NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit

i-mode, FOMA and DoJa are trademarks or registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is only available to subscribers in Japan.
JBlend and all related trademarks thereto are trademarks or registered trademarks of Aplix Corporation in Japan and other countries.
Java and all other Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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