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Source: NTT DOCOMO
DOCOMO, China Mobile, KT Agree to Joint Wi-Fi(TM) Inbound Roaming
- 3 companies to promote scheme at Mobile World Congress 2013 -

Tokyo, Hong Kong & Seoul, Feb 25, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC., China Mobile International Ltd. and KT Corporation of Korea announced today that they have agreed to lay out a joint Wi-Fi(R) inbound roaming scheme covering Japan, China and Korea. The three companies will jointly exhibit the scheme to global operators at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona beginning February 25.

While DOCOMO, China Mobile and KT already provide nationwide Wi-Fi(R) services in their respective markets, the new arrangement will allow international mobile and/or Wi-Fi(R) operators to roam into Wi-Fi(R) hotspots in Japan, China and Korea through a single contract and a one-stop connection realized by hubs supported by the scheme. At this point, China Mobile International is named to be one of the hub operators. The scheme, targeted for launch in the second quarter of 2013, is a result of the business tie-up between DOCOMO, China Mobile Communications Corporation and KT announced in January 2011.

Meanwhile, DOCOMO, China Mobile and KT will adopt EAP-SIM authentication technology to eliminate the need for customers to enter user IDs and passwords when accessing Wi-Fi(R) hotspots, leading to improved convenience and experiences. The companies will each handle implementation of the authentication technology in accordance with their own required procedures, targeting the launch of services sometime in the second quarter of 2013.

To explore ways to further enhance Wi-Fi(R) roaming convenience and user experiences, the three companies also are taking part in the second phase of the Wireless Broadband Alliance's Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) trial, in which key Wi-Fi(R) operators and vendors in the alliance are developing seamless, robust and secure technology for more effortless Wi-Fi(R) roaming.

About China Mobile International

China Mobile International (CMI), established in 2011 as the international arm of China Mobile, represents for all China Mobile international business to provide full international dedicated services of voice, mobile and data services including IPLC, IEPL, IP VPN, IP transit and IDC etc. CMI is committed to providing highly competitive services and with extensive coverage. With the vast international presence and reliable partners, CMI is rapidly expanding the global reach on the global backbone infrastructure and dedicated to offer one-stop-shop and innovative solutions.

About KT

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.


About NTT DOCOMO

NTT DOCOMO, Japan's leading mobile operator with over 79 million subscriptions, is one of the world's foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities ("+d" partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations. DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (9437). https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/.

Contact:
Eijun Tanaka or So Hiroki
International PR
Public Relations Department
Tel: +81-3-5156-1366
Fax: +81-3-5501-3408
Website: www.nttdocomo.com


Feb 25, 2013 19:00 HKT/SGT
Source: NTT DOCOMO

NTT DOCOMO (TSE: 9437)

Topic: New Service
Sectors: Media & Marketing, Daily Finance, Mobility/Wireless
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