DoCoMo fleshes out LTE rollout plans

1 Feb 2011

NTT DoCoMo of Japan has provided more details on its proposed deployment of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technologies and CAPEX plans. The cellco, which last Friday posted flat third-quarter profit of USD1.62 billion for the three months to 31 December, launched LTE last month and expects to have 1,000 base stations operational by the close of its current financial year. By that date it will have invested JPY35 billion (USD426 million) in its LTE network, installing 800 base stations in Tokyo and 100 each in Nagoya and Osaka. By the end of the following financial year (31 March 2012) DoCoMo intends to have invested a further USD1.22 billion to take its total LTE base station count to 5,000 – sufficient to cover 20% of the population and capable of supporting cloud services. In fiscal 2012/13 the cellco will commit an additional USD2.07 billion to triple its LTE base station network, and by March 2015 it is confident of having 35,000 4G base stations and coverage of 70% of the population. By that date it hopes to have signed up 15 million LTE users.