DoCoMo looks to expand in Asia, but maybe not India or China

2 Jun 2006

NTT DoCoMo chief executive Masao Nakamura has told the Financial Times that his company is looking to increase its presence in Asia, although he sees difficulties in investing in China and India – the two Asian markets with the biggest populations and greatest long-term potential. In an interview, Nakamura confirmed that the cellco is mulling plans to invest in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, but said he had doubts about entering the Chinese and Indian markets due to a ‘lack of clarity’ in the former and concerns over possible competition in the latter. In India, Vodafone’s purchase of a stake in Bharti Telecom means ‘we have to think which operator is left and it’s going to be difficult,’ he told the paper.