DoCoMo FOMA users pass 40-million mark

2 Oct 2007

NTT DoCoMo and its eight regional subsidiaries have announced that the number of people signed up to its 3G network FOMA topped the 40 million mark on 29 September, eleven months after the company broke the 30 million barrier in November 2006, and six years after the service was first launched in October 2001. According to data published by the Telecommunications Carriers Association in Japan, FOMA has led all domestic UMTS services in terms of net growth for 41 consecutive months between April 2004 and August 2007. DoCoMo, which uses W-CDMA technology for its FOMA network, has attributed the strong demand for services to a range of initiatives including discount plans, such as ‘Pake-hodai’ and ‘Pake-hodai Full’, flat-rate data communication billing plans, a heavy focus on content and services, a wide handset range, broad coverage area and high-quality calls.