DoCoMo postpones launch of Nokia 3G phone

23 Feb 2006

Software glitches have been cited as the reason for NTT DoCoMo’s decision to postpone the launch of a new handset made by Nokia, writes The Financial Times. The delay is an embarrassment for the world’s largest phone maker and comes at a time when it has been increasing its efforts to boost its position in the Japanese market. The new W-CDMA model was due to go on sale on Thursday but a spokesman for DoCoMo confirmed that it delayed the launch ‘to adjust handset quality.’ No revised launch date has been mentioned. The problem only serves to demonstrate the problem faced by suppliers integrating their systems on a supposedly uniform W-CDMA standard. Nokia has struggled to contend with the demands of the cellco’s proprietary i-mode system, causing DoCoMo to scale back on its procurement with the Finnish firm. The latest glitch is a further blow to Nokia which missed out in the demand for clamshell phones in Asia and has subsequently spent several years clawing back market share.

In a separate story, DoCoMo is reported to have achieved a 2.5Gbps packet transmission downlink while travelling at 20kmph. Telecompaper writes that the fourth-generation (4G) field trial was conducted in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture on 14 December. The cellco achieved a maximum 1Gbps speed in a similar field experiment on 9 May 2005.