eAccess signs 3G roaming deal with DoCoMo

12 Sep 2006

Japanese telecoms company eAccess has signed a 3G roaming deal with rival NTT DoCoMo allowing it to launch a nationwide mobile service in March 2008, before its own network rollout is complete. eAccess’s mobile arm will piggyback on DoCoMo’s network in areas outside the major cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, and it hopes to offer a limited wireless data service from March 2007. According to reports from Reuters, the roaming agreement will expire in October 2010, by which time eAccess’s network deployment will be complete. eAccess has contracted Ericsson and Huawei Technologies to carry out the work.