February 25, 2013
DOCOMO, China Mobile and KT agrees on Requirements to realize NFC International Roaming
TOKYO, JAPAN, BEIJING, CHINA and SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA --- February 25, 2013 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC., Japan's leading mobile operator and provider of integrated services centered on mobility, China Mobile Communications Corporation, leading mobile operator in China and KT Corporation, South Korea's leading telecom operator, have agreed on handset and service requirements needed to realize NFC international roaming services, or NFC service roaming, between the three countries and for the rest of Asia. The companies will publish two white papers including the information on the requirements, on February 25th at the GSMA Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain.
The "Asia NFC Zone — NFC Service Roaming" white paper presents a definition of NFC service roaming and key conditions for its commercial deployment, while the "Asia NFC Zone — NFC Handset Requirements" white paper describes technical requirements to realize NFC service roaming. These white papers, which are based on international NFC standards worked on by organizations such as GSMA and NFC Forum, provides NFC roaming deployment requirements to mobile network operators, service providers and merchants who are planning to participate in the deployment of NFC service roaming in Asia, as well as NFC related handset requirements to handset vendors developing future compatible handsets.
The companies have been exploring opportunities for NFC service roaming since January 2011, and from April 2012, efforts have focused on developing common requirements. The white papers published will further enhance the deployment of NFC service roaming, in areas such as mobile payments, promotional coupons and mass-transit ticketing.
DOCOMO, China Mobile and KT plan to share the white papers that they have agreed on with global associations and standardization bodies, aiming to promote the realization of a commercial environment for globally compatible NFC services.
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO is a world-leading integrated-services company centered on mobility. The company serves over 60 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide 3G network and one of the world's first commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique capabilities as a mobile operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of cutting-edge technologies for NFC mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile TV, intuitive mobile assistance, environmental monitoring, smart grids and much more. Overseas, the company provides technical and operational expertise to eight mobile operators and other partner companies. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.docomo.ne.jp/english/ for more information.
About China Mobile
China Mobile Limited (the "Company", and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group") was incorporated in Hong Kong on 3 September 1997. As the leading mobile services provider in Mainland China, the Group boasts the world's largest mobile network and the world's largest mobile customer base. In 2011, the Company was once again selected as one of the "FT Global 500" by Financial Times and "The World's 2000 Biggest Public Companies" by Forbes magazine, and was again recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes ("DJSI"). The Company currently has a corporate credit rating of Aa3/Outlook Positive from Moody's Investor Service and AA-/Outlook Stable from Standard & Poor's, equivalent to China's sovereign credit rating respectively. As of 2012, the Group had a customer base over 700 million.
KT is a leading mobile ICT company in Korea providing a range of communication services including wire, wireless phone services, high-speed internet services, voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP), Internet protocol television (IPTV), and wireless broadband (WiBro) services. KT has successfully pursued new growth opportunities and obtained strong market positions in each of our principal lines of business in particular such as nationwide LTE services, mobile payment and credit card services, mobile GPS, satellite service, cloud computing services, smart grid, and smart city development.