June 24, 2016

Arbitration Award Regarding Stake in Tata Teleservices

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NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it received on June 23, 2016 from the London Court of International Arbitration a binding arbitration award under the arbitration proceeding regarding its stake in Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL), a telecommunication service provider in India, which was announced previously in a Form 6-K filing entitled "NTT DOCOMO Files Arbitration Request Regarding Stake in Tata Teleservices" filed on January 5, 2015.

Details of the arbitration are as follows:

1. Reason and background of request for arbitration

Under the terms of the shareholders agreement between DOCOMO, TTSL and Tata Sons Limited (Tata Sons), DOCOMO exercised on July 7, 2014 its right (option) to request that a suitable buyer be found to purchase its TTSL shares for 50% of the acquired price, amounting to 72.5 billion Indian rupees (or [US$ 1,172 million]notice1), or a fair market value, whichever is higher.

Thereafter, pursuant to the shareholders agreement, DOCOMO submitted its request for arbitration on January 3, 2015 to ensure that its right be exercised after Tata Sons had failed to fulfill its obligation, despite DOCOMO's repeated negotiations with Tata Sons regarding the sale of its entire stake in TTSL.

2. Summary of the award

The award orders that Tata Sons pay damages to DOCOMO in the amount of approximately US$ 1,172 million for Tata Sons' breach of the shareholders agreement, upon DOCOMO's tender of its entire stake in TTSL to Tata Sons or its designee.

3. Other Matters

As of the date of this press release, some matters remain uncertain, including whether Tata Sons will pay the awarded damages and when the delivery of TTSL's shares will be made. Accordingly, DOCOMO is not able to predict how events will unfold. The effect on DOCOMO's corporate earnings for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 cannot be forecast at this time due to these uncertainties. DOCOMO will update this information in a timely fashion regarding any matters requiring disclosure.

  • notice1 1 rupee = [0.0161 USD as of December 3, 2014, when the option was vested]


NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 70 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide LTE network and one of the world's most progressive LTE-Advanced networks. DOCOMO is a leading developer of a 5G network that it plans to deploy by 2020, as well as network function virtualization (NFV), NFC infrastructure and services, emerging IoT solutions, and more. Outside Japan, the company is providing technical and operational expertise to seven mobile operators and other partner companies, and is contributing to the global standardization of all-new mobile technologies. DOCOMO is listed on stock exchanges in Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM). Please visit https://www.docomo.ne.jp/english/.

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