DoCoMo to Enhance Mobile Map Service Via Alliance with ZENRIN DataCom


TOKYO, JAPAN, June 4, 2007 - NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and ZENRIN DataCom Co., LTD. today announced they have agreed to form business and capital alliances to provide advanced map and navigation services for mobile phones. Involved in the business alliance will be ZENRIN Co., LTD. - parent company of ZENRIN DataCom and Japan's leading publisher of maps. The capital alliance will see DoCoMo take a 10.27% stake in ZENRIN DataCom by acquiring 1,700 newly allocated shares. DoCoMo expects to complete the share acquisition by June 8.

The partners plan to develop advanced map services by combining DataCom's map content and application technologies with DoCoMo's cutting-edge mobile handsets. DoCoMo will provide a utilitarian search platform that will be integrated with highly functional mobile navigation services to be developed by DataCom. The services will be linked to parent ZENRIN's extensive cartographic database.

The partners seek to popularize and expand value-added map services that efficiently meet a wide variety of user needs.

About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world's leading mobile communications company. DoCoMo serves more than 52 million customers, including 36 million people subscribing to FOMA™, launched as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA in 2001. DoCoMo also offers a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode™, the world's most popular mobile e-mail/Internet service, used by more than 47 million people. With the addition of credit-card and other e-wallet functions, DoCoMo mobile phones have become highly versatile tools for daily life. 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.
NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service is only available to subscribers in Japan.

Founded in 1948 to publish tourist maps, ZENRIN today boasts a wide range of general and specialized print and digital maps covering 99% of Japan. The company is particularly noted for its residential maps, original computerized mapping technologies and unrivalled know-how in the digitalization of maps. ZENRIN is also a leader in map software, in-car navigation software and related IT services. Its cartographic database operations overseas include the markets of the U.S., Europe, China and Taiwan. For more information, visit
About ZENRIN DataCom
ZENRIN DataCom was founded in April 2000 to provide consumer and corporate customers with easy-to-use digital map and location identification services via the Internet. It began providing mobile navigation services in October 2004.

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