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This is a '''timeline of {{w|NTT Docomo}}''', a Japanese mobile telecommunication services provider.
 
This is a '''timeline of {{w|NTT Docomo}}''', a Japanese mobile telecommunication services provider.
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== Sample questions ==
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The following are some interesting questions that can be answered by reading this timeline:
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* Which worldwide technology milestones were pioneered by NTT Docomo?
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* What are important company acquisitions by NTT Docomo?
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* What are some notable services launched by the company?
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! Time period !! Development summary  
 
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| 1992 || NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. starts operations,
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| 1952–1985 || Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (NTTPC) prelude era. NTTPC is established as a corporation.
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| 1985–1992 || Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) prelude era. NTT is established as a private company.
 
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| 1999 || NTT Docomo launches the world's first mobile Internet-services platform.<ref name="Overviewdd">{{cite web |title=Overview |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/corporate/about/outline/ |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref>
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| 1992 onwards || {{w|NTT Docomo}} era, which is formally established taking over the mobile communications business of {{w|Nippon Telegraph and Telephone}} Corporation (“NTT Group”) as part of its corporate reorganization.<ref name="Careers at NTT DoCoMo">{{cite web |title=Careers at NTT DoCoMo |url=https://www.cleverism.com/company/ntt-docomo/ |website=cleverism.com |accessdate=12 November 2019}}</ref> in 1993, the company launches the mobile phone service (PDC).<ref name="Trends in Mobile">{{cite book |title=Trends in Mobile Technology and Business in the Asia-Pacific Region |edition=Youngjin Yoo, Jae-Nam Lee, Chris Rowley |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=AAWkAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA92&dq=%22ntt%22+%22docomo%22+%22in+1985..1992%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxz-aniYjmAhVsJrkGHULwD_YQ6AEISTAE#v=onepage&q=%22ntt%22%20%22docomo%22%20%22in%201985..1992%22&f=false}}</ref> In 1997 it launches a packet communications service.<ref name="Trends in Mobile"/> In 1999, the company launches the world's first mobile Internet-services platform.<ref name="Overviewdd">{{cite web |title=Overview |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/corporate/about/outline/ |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref>  
 
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| 2010 || NTT Docomo introduces one of the earliest commercial LTE services.<ref name="Overviewdd"/>
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| 2000s || {{w|NTT Docomo}} becomes the first cellular operator in the world to offer commercial {{w|3G}} services. By the late decade, the company reaches more than half of Japan's cellular market.
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| 2010s || {{w|NTT Docomo}} introduces one of the earliest commercial LTE services.<ref name="Overviewdd"/> Tata Docomo becomes the first private sector telecom company to launch {{w|3G}} services in India.
 
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! Year !! Month and date !! Event type !! Details
 
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| 1952 || || Prelude || [[w:Nippon Telegraph and Telephone|Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation]] (NTTPC) is founded.<ref name="fundinguniverse.com">{{cite web |title=Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation History |url=http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/nippon-telegraph-and-telephone-corporation-history/ |website=fundinguniverse.com |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref>
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| 1952 || || Early development || Nippon Denshin Denwa Kosha ([[w:Nippon Telegraph and Telephone|Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation]] (NTTPC)) is launched as a public corporation and becomes the main engine for Japanese telecommunications {{w|R&D}}.<ref>{{cite book |last1=Okada |first1=Yoshitaka |title=Struggles for Survival: Institutional and Organizational Changes in Japan's High-Tech Industries |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=URDCtQdnuI4C&pg=PA217&dq=1952++Nippon+Telegraph+and+Telephone+Public+Corporation&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiQg5Py4YbmAhW0LLkGHSxABswQ6AEILjAB#v=onepage&q=1952%20%20Nippon%20Telegraph%20and%20Telephone%20Public%20Corporation&f=false}}</ref><ref name="fundinguniverse.com">{{cite web |title=Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation History |url=http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/nippon-telegraph-and-telephone-corporation-history/ |website=fundinguniverse.com |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref>
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| 1985 || May 30 || Early development || State-owned Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corp. is privatized as Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) amid liberalization of the telecommunications sector.<ref name="fundinguniverse.com"/><ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp">{{cite web |title=History |url=https://www.docomo-sys.co.jp/english/company/history.html |website=docomo-sys.co.jp |accessdate=12 September 2019}}</ref><ref>{{cite book |last1=Takano |first1=Yoshirō |title=Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Privatization Study: Experience of Japan and Lessons for Developing Countries, Parts 63-179 |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=3aW1AAAAIAAJ&q=Nippon+Telegraph+and+Telephone+Corporation+in+1985&dq=Nippon+Telegraph+and+Telephone+Corporation+in+1985&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj9memH44bmAhXlD7kGHQ7IAWMQ6AEITzAF}}</ref> Operating domestic telecommunications, it is considered "one of the most powerful sparks that lit the communications revolution in Japan".<ref name="Communication">{{cite web |title=Communication |url=https://features.japantimes.co.jp/heisei-moments-part-8-communication/ |website=features.japantimes.co.jp |accessdate=26 November 2019}}</ref> 
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| 1985 || || Product || NTT develops the first 'Shoulder phone', a car phone, that can be carried around in a shoulder trap.<ref name="Personal Media">{{cite book |last1=Rasmussen |first1=T. |title=Personal Media and Everyday Life: A Networked Lifeworld |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=4uuhAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT36&dq=%22ntt%22+%22docomo%22+%22in+1985..1992%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxz-aniYjmAhVsJrkGHULwD_YQ6AEIUDAF#v=onepage&q=%22ntt%22%20%22docomo%22%20%22in%201985..1992%22&f=false}}</ref>
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| 1987 || || Product || NTT offers the first handheld cellular phone, primarily for professional and organizational purposes.<ref name="Personal Media"/>
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| 1989 || || Service || NTT launches a new digital standard, which creates a fast growth for subscribers.<ref name="Personal Media"/>
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| 1991 || August || Founding || NTT Mobile Communications Network is established by the {{w|Nippon Telegraph and Telephone}} (NTT) as a subsidiary to take over the mobile cellular operations.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo |url=https://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia/term/48149/ntt-docomo |website=pcmag.com |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref><ref>{{cite book |last1=Jain |first1=Vipul |title=Recent Trends in Intelligent Computing, Communication and Devices |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=vUuzDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA1063&lpg=PA1063&dq=August+14,+1991+%22DOCOMO%22&source=bl&ots=QY_R6wQt54&sig=ACfU3U23aehqGfjuSOVoQEEZ5esKOZAwyw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjx4ouXjZ_lAhUZILkGHW8YC08Q6AEwCnoECAoQAg#v=onepage&q=August%2014%2C%201991%20%22DOCOMO%22&f=false}}</ref><ref name="crunchbase.com">{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo |url=https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ntt-docomo#section-overview |website=crunchbase.com |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref><ref name="The Six Immutable">{{cite book |last1=Sugai |first1=Philip |last2=Koeder |first2=Marco |last3=Ciferri |first3=Ludovico |title=The Six Immutable Laws of Mobile Business |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=p631MJdn4XAC&pg=PA25&dq=%22ntt%22+%22docomo%22+%22in+1985..1992%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxz-aniYjmAhVsJrkGHULwD_YQ6AEIPzAD#v=onepage&q=%22ntt%22%20%22docomo%22%20%22in%201985..1992%22&f=false}}</ref> This unit would soon adopt the nickname DoCoMo, which stands for "Do Communications Over the Mobile Network".<ref name"dfgghj">{{cite book |last1=Vesa |first1=Jarkko |title=Mobile Services in the Networked Economy |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=S93M_UK4iegC&pg=PA124&dq=%22ntt%22+%22docomo%22+%22in+1985..1992%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxz-aniYjmAhVsJrkGHULwD_YQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=%22ntt%22%20%22docomo%22%20%22in%201985..1992%22&f=false}}</ref> Operations commence at the Osaka Regional Marketing Branch.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 1991 || || {{w|Market penetration}} || There are about 5.75 million pager subscribers in Japan, of which NTT has some 3.5 million.<ref name="Communication"/>
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| 1992 || || Administration || NTT MCN relocates head office to {{w|Ikebukuro}} from Koji-Machi, Chiyoda-Ku.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 1992 || || Personnel || NTT MCN number of employees reaches 300.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 1992 || July 1 || Reorganization || NTT MCN becomes an independent company and begins operations assuming control of mobile communications business of the reorganizing [[w:Nippon Telegraph and Telephone|Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation]] (NTT).<ref name="Communication"/><ref name="History">{{cite web |title=History |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/corporate/about/outline/history/ |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=11 September 2019}}</ref> This event is considered to be the birth of NTT DoCoMo, after the cellular communications services of NTT are carved out from the former telecom monopolist's other lines of business.<ref name="i-mode Wireless">{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo: i-mode Wireless Internet Services |url=https://www.bus.umich.edu/kresgepublic/journals/gartner/research/96500/96594/96594.html |website=bus.umich.edu |accessdate=16 October 2019}}</ref>
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| 1992 || || Service || NTT MCN launches the first analog cellular phone service.<ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 1993 || || Service || Japan moves to digital mobile services as NTT MCN launches a new service based on Personal Digital Cellular (PDC) technology.<ref name="dfgghj">{{cite book |last1=Vesa |first1=Jarkko |title=Mobile Services in the Networked Economy |publisher= |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=S93M_UK4iegC&pg=PA124&lpg=PA124&dq=%221993%22+%22Japan%22+%22digital+mobile+services+%22+%22service+based+on+Personal+Digital+Cellular+(PDC)%22&source=bl&ots=A_gOX7Toa7&sig=ACfU3U1nC7zL5sJNqglnbb5toFQeeAZymA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiW9KrooYjmAhU9HrkGHY7lAqwQ6AEwAHoECAIQAQ#v=onepage&q=%221993%22%20%22Japan%22%20%22digital%20mobile%20services%20%22%20%22service%20based%20on%20Personal%20Digital%20Cellular%20(PDC)%22&f=false}}</ref>
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| 1993 || March || Service || NTT MCN Launches mova 2G (800 MHz), its first digital cellular phone service.<ref name="History"/><ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 1993 || July || Administration || NTT MCN is reorganized into nine regional companies within {{w|Japan}}.<ref name="i-mode Wireless"/>
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| 1993 || || Administration || NTT MCN establishes its Main Sales Division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 1993 || || Userbase || Nearly 70 percent of new NTT pager subscribers are individuals instead of companies.<ref name="Communication"/>
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| 1994 || || Background || The mobile phone market is opened to competition.<ref name="dfgghj"/>
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| 1994 || April || Service || NTT MCN launches CITYPHONE 1.5 GHz digital cellular phone service in urban areas.<ref name="History"/>
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| 1996 || || Administration || NTT MCN relocates the head office to {{w|Nishigotanda}} from {{w|Ikebukuro}}.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 1996 || Mid-year || Personnel || NTT MCN employs about 500 engineers.<ref>{{cite book |last1=Funk |first1=Jeffrey L. |title=Global Competition Between and Within Standards: The Case of Mobile Phones |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=K-eFDAAAQBAJ&pg=PA185&dq=%22ntt%22+%22docomo%22+%22in+1985..1992%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjxz-aniYjmAhVsJrkGHULwD_YQ6AEINzAC#v=onepage&q=%22ntt%22%20%22docomo%22%20%22in%201985..1992%22&f=false}}</ref>
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| 1996 || || Market growth || The adoption rate for mobiles in Japan reaches 25%.<ref name="Personal Media"/>
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| 1997 || || Financial || NTT MCN increases capital investment to 652.6 million JPY.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 1997 || March || Service || NTT MCN launches DoPa packet-data communications service, the first data communications service in Japan.<ref name="History"/><ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 1998 || || Administration || NTT MCN establishes its urban information systems division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 1998 || || Recognition || NTT MCN acquires ISO9001 accreditation, an international standard used by organizations to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.<ref>{{cite web |title=WHAT IS ISO 9001:2015 – QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS? |url=https://asq.org/quality-resources/iso-9001 |website=asq.org |accessdate=16 October 2019}}</ref><ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 1998 || October 12 || Financial || NTT MCN goes public on the {{w|Nikkei 225}} average.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT Mobile Communications Network |url=https://money.howstuffworks.com/10-biggest-ipos8.htm |website=money.howstuffworks.com |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref> The company is registered under the ticker  TYO:9437.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/> NTT sells 30% of DoCoMo to the public.<ref name="dfgghj"/>
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| 1998 || October 22 || Financial || NTT MCN is listed on the {{w|Tokyo Stock Exchange}}.<ref name="i-mode Wireless"/>
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| 1998 || December || Acquisition || NTT MCN assumes control of Personal Handyphone System (PHS) business from NTT Personal Group.<ref name="History"/><ref name="i-mode Wireless"/>
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| 1998–1999 || || Product || NTT MCN morking team designer {{w|Shigetaka Kurita}} invents the {{w|Emoji}}, a pictographic language being adopted around the world. The first set of 176 12×12 pixel emoji is created as part of i-mode's messaging features to help facilitate electronic communication, and also to serve as a distinguishing feature from other services.<ref>{{cite web|last=Blagdon|first=Jeff|title=How emoji conquered the world|url=https://www.theverge.com/2013/3/4/3966140/how-emoji-conquered-the-world|work=The Verge|publisher=Vox Media|accessdate=6 November 2013|date=12 September 2019}}</ref>
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| 1999 || February || Service || NTT MCN introduces its 2.5G i-mode, the first such service with national coverage.<ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 1999 || August 8 || Growth || i-mode grows to 1 million subscribers.<ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 1999 || December || Growth || i-mode grows to 3 million subscribers.<ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 2000 || April || Renaming || Around its 15th anniversary, NTT Mobile Communications Network changes official name to {{w|NTT Docomo}}.<ref name="History"/><ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2000 || August 6 || Growth || Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 10 million.<ref name="sds"/>
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| 2000 || September || Facility || The {{w|NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building}} opens. One of the tallest buildings in {{w|Tokyo}}, it houses base station equipment and switching equipment.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building |url=https://www.emporis.com/buildings/104939/ntt-docomo-yoyogi-building-tokyo-japan |website=emporis.com |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref> 
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| 2000 || November 22 || Growth || Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 10 million.<ref name="sds"/><ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 2000 || Late year || Growth || There are 50 million Personal Digital Cellular (PDC) subscribers in Japan.<ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 2000 || || {{w|License}} || The {{w|Japanese government}} awards {{w|3G}} licenses to {{w|NTT Docomo}}, {{w|KDDI}} and {{w|J-Phone}} at no charge. This allows NTT Docomo to free up its cash stock for overseas investment.<ref name="i-mode Wireless"/>
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| 2001 || || Recognition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires ISO14001 accreditation<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>, the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system.<ref>{{cite web |title=WHAT IS ISO 14001:2015 – ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS? |url=https://asq.org/quality-resources/iso-14001 |website=asq.org |accessdate=16 October 2019}}</ref>
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| 2001 || March 4 || Growth || Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 20 million.<ref name="sds"/>
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| 2001 || May || Growth || i-mode grows to 23 million subscribers.<ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 2001 || July 1 || Growth || Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 25 million.<ref name="sds"/>
 
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| 1985 || May 30 || || "May 30, established company from the incorporation of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., NEC Corporataion and Mitsui and Co., Ltd in Koji-Machi Chiyoda-Ku Capital 380 million JPY/Number of employees 40"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp">{{cite web |title=History |url=https://www.docomo-sys.co.jp/english/company/history.html |website=docomo-sys.co.jp |accessdate=12 September 2019}}</ref>
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| 2001 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} relocates the head office to {{w|Akasaka}} from {{w|Nishigotanda}}.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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| 1986 || April || || "April, Capital investment from FUJITSU and Hitachi Ltd./Increased capital to 499 million JPY"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2001 || || Financial || {{w|NTT Docomo}} investment ratio increases to 100%.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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| 1989 || || || "Commenced operation of Nagoya Regional Marketing Branch/The number of employees reached 200"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2001 || October || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} becomes the first cellular operator in the world to offer commercial {{w|3G}} services (based on {{w|WCDMA}}) called {{w|Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access}} (FOMA). The service becomes first available in the {{w|Greater Tokyo Area}}, {{w|Yokohama}} and {{w|Kawasaki}}.<ref name="History"/><ref name="i-mode Wireless"/>
 
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| 1990 || || || "5th Anniversary/Totals sales reached 10 billion JPY"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2001 || December 25 || Growth || Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 30 million.<ref name="sds"/>
 
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| 1991 || || || "Commenced operation of Osaka Regional Marketing Branch"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2002 || || Personnel || {{w|NTT Docomo}} reaches 700 employees.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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| 1991 || August || Founding || TT Mobile Communications Network is established as a {{w|spin-off}} by the {{w|Nippon Telegraph and Telephone}} (NTT) to take over the mobile cellular operations.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo |url=https://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia/term/48149/ntt-docomo |website=pcmag.com |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref><ref>{{cite book |last1=Jain |first1=Vipul |title=Recent Trends in Intelligent Computing, Communication and Devices |url=https://books.google.com.ar/books?id=vUuzDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA1063&lpg=PA1063&dq=August+14,+1991+%22DOCOMO%22&source=bl&ots=QY_R6wQt54&sig=ACfU3U23aehqGfjuSOVoQEEZ5esKOZAwyw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjx4ouXjZ_lAhUZILkGHW8YC08Q6AEwCnoECAoQAg#v=onepage&q=August%2014%2C%201991%20%22DOCOMO%22&f=false}}</ref><ref name="crunchbase.com">{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo |url=https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ntt-docomo#section-overview |website=crunchbase.com |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref>
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| 2002 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes its Operation Systems HQ, System Development Division and Service Operations Division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 1992 || || || "Relocated head office to Ikebukuro from Koji-Machi, Chiyoda-Ku/The number of employees reached 300"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2002 || March || Financial || {{w|NTT Docomo}} is listed on [[w:London stock exchange|London]] (delisted on March 2014) and {{w|New York stock exchange}}s.<ref name="History"/>
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| 2002 || May 8 || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} states in a memorandum of understanding plans to convert its regional subsidiaries into wholly owned subsidiaries by way of share exchange.<ref name="i-mode Wireless"/>
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| 2002 || June 1 || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} launches its i-shot service, allowing subscribers to transmit still images taken with compatible mobile phones having built-in cameras to virtually any device capable of receiving {{w|e-mail}}.<ref name="dd"/>
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| 2001 || October 14 || Growth || Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 35 million.<ref name="sds"/>
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| 2003 || January 14 || {{w|Market penetration}} || {{w|NTT Docomo}} i-shot handsets (camera phone) sales exceed 5 million.<ref name="dd">{{cite web |title=DoCoMo Camera Phone Sales Exceed 5 Million |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/000928.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=12 November 2019}}</ref>
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| 2003 || March 6 || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces plans to unveil an always-on internet access service, dubbed "@FreeD™", for use with compatible {{w|Personal Handy-phone System}} (PHS) terminals.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Launch Flat-Rate Internet Access Service for PHS |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/000937.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || March 11 || || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces the introduction of the P2102V, the company's first {{w|3G}} videophone handset capable of video clip e-mailing and extended stand-by time, and the first {{w|Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access}} model to accept memory cards.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Introduce New FOMA Videophone Model |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/000940.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref> 
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| 2003 || March 21 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces the introduction of the D505i mobile phone, the first model in the company's 505i series of enhanced-PDC ({{w|2G}}) handsets that incorporate a Flash browser.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Launch First Handset in New 505i Series |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/000965.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || March 27 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces the introduction of the its first {{w|Global Positioning Service}} (GPS) compatible handset, dubbed F661i, to the market.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Introduce First GPS Handset |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/000943.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || May 26 || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} launches online shopping mall and account aggregation portal DoCommerce, which enables both 2G and 3G SSL-compatible i-mode handset users to manage their finances and shop online with their credit cards. The online mall launches with 10 virtual shops selling items such as accessories, perfumes and healthcare goods.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo launches mobile shopping mall and account aggregation portal |url=https://www.finextra.com/newsarticle/8935/ntt-docomo-launches-mobile-shopping-mall-and-account-aggregation-portal |website=finextra.com |accessdate=18 January 2020}}</ref> 
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| 2003 || June 3 || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces a payments service to enable customers using {{w|2G}} and {{w|3G}} handsets to shop online at a dedicated portal site and receive bills for purchases together with their monthly mobile phone invoices.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Start Trial of Online Payments Service |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/000975.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || June 30 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces launch of the F2102V mobile videophone, the first model compatible with Docomo's new FirstPass SSL client authentication service.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Launch FOMA F2102V Videophone |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/000983.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes ERP Division and Technical Center.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2003 || September || Growth || After achieving a peak of more than 62 million subscribers for PDC services in Japan, the Japanese mobile market embraces next-generation technologies based on CDMA technology.<ref name="The Six Immutable"/>
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| 2003 || October 30 || || Total subscribers to {{w|2G}} and {{w|3G}} {{w|i-mode}} mobile internet service in Japan surpass 40 million.<ref name="sds">{{cite web |title=i-mode Subscribers Surpass 40 million |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/001115.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || October 31 || || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announce development of the first {{w|FOMA}} compact flash card, P2402, which enables {{w|3G}} videophone and other wireless data communication via PCs and [[w:Personal digital assistant|PDA]]s, such as Docomo's sigmarion III.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo Develops FOMA Compact Flash Card |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/001116.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || November 10 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces the release of the mova P505iS, the world's first camera phone equipped with auto focus.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Introduce P505iS: World's First Auto-Focus Camera Phone |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/001119.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || December 9 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces the release of three handsets in the {{w|2G}} mova 505iS series: "the SO505iS, a mega-pixel camera phone equipped to play extended-length video files; the N505iS, the first NEC-made camera phone in the mova lineup with 1.3 mega-pixel resolution; and the SH505iS, which comes with a 2.02 mega-pixel, auto-focus camera."<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Launch Three New Models in mova 505iS Series |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/001126.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2003 || December 18 || || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces liquidation of NTT Docomo Telecomunicações do Brasil Limitada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Docomo.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Liquidate a Brazilian Subsidiary |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2003/001132.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2004 || January 9 || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces the launch of an i-mode Disaster Message Board service allowing i-mode subscribers in Japan to post personal messages at a special i-mode site (provided in Japanese only) in the event of major calamities such as high-magnitude {{w|earthquake}}s.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Launch i-mode Disaster Message Board Service |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001135.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=12 November 2019}}</ref>
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| 2004 || January 29 || {{w|Subsidiary}} || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces the decision to liquidate its subsidiary, Mobimagic Co., an application service provider for medium and small-sized companies.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Liquidate a Subsidiary |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001137.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=12 November 2019}}</ref>
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| 2004 || January 29 || Growth ({{w|3G}} [[w:Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access|FOMA]] service) || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces that subscribers to the {{w|3G}} [[w:Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access|FOMA]] service surpassed two million, two years and four months after the service was launched.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo FOMA Subscribers Top 2 Million |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001139.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2004 || February 26 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces release of the P900i, the third handset in the new {{w|3G}} [[w:Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access|FOMA]] 900i series.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Release P900i - Third Handset in FOMA 900i Series |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001146.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2004 || March 24 || {{w|Subsidiary}} || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces the decision to liquidate DCM Capital LDN ({{w|United Kingdom}}) Limited, DCM Capital HKG (UK) Limited and DCM Capital 3G HKG (UK) Limited, each of which is a wholly owned subsidiary of DoCoMo.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Liquidate Some of its Subsidiaries |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001157.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref>
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| 2004 || March 31 || Growth ({{w|3G}} [[w:Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access|FOMA]] service) || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces that subscribers to the {{w|3G}} [[w:Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access|FOMA]] service surpassed the three million mark.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo FOMA Subscribers Top 3 Million |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001162.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2004 || April 1 || Research || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes its Mobile Society Research Institute, which would study the social impact of mobile phone use.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Establish "Mobile Society Research Institute" |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001163.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2004 || April || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} launches mova 506i series of three PDC (2G) i-mode mobile phones, a series of handsets featuring cameras with effective resolutions of more than one million pixels.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo Unveils New mova 506i i-mode Phone Series |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001166.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=12 November 2019}}</ref>
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| 2004 || April 28 || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces launch an international roaming-in service to enable mobile subscribers of Docomo's 21 international partners in 19 countries and territories to use the company's {{w|3G}} [[W:Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access|FOMA]] network while in Japan.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Launch 3G Roaming-In Service for Visitors to Japan |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001169.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
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| 2004 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes a Mobile Network Division and a Security Services Division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2004 || December || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} launches the F901iC 3G FOMA handset, the latest model in the 901i series.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo to Launch F901iC 3G FOMA Handset |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001233.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=12 November 2019}}</ref>
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| 2004 || December 16 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} introduces the N900iG, the first [[w:Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access|FOMA]] {{w|3G}} handset for fully functional mobile communications in approximately 115 countries/regions.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo Introduces First FOMA 3G Handset for International Roaming |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2004/001229.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref> 
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| 2005 || November 24 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces launch of the [[w:Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access|FOMA]] SA800i, a child-friendly 3G mobile phone.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo Develops Child-Friendly Handset |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2005/000701.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref>
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| 2005 || December || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} launches iD credit brand.<ref name="History"/>
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| 2006 || April || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} launches DCMX mobile credit-card service.<ref name="History"/>
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| 2006 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes Information Security Services Division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2007 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes its Business Solution Headquarters, a System Integration Division, a Service Provider Division, a System Infrastructure Division, an Enterprise System Division, and an Information Security Department.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2007 || October || Product || The {{w|prototype}} [[w:wellness (alternative medicine)|Wellness]] {{w|mobile phone}} of  {{w|NTT Docomo}} and {{w|Mitsubishi Electric Corp.}} is launched at annual Japanese trade show {{w|CEATEC}}. It checks health with a motion sensor that detects body movement and  measures calories, and includes a {{w|breathalyzer}}.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20071029053227/http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hhzZNK2Qh8nBS4H9Tt_lDecgBE9QD8S3IR880|title=The Associated Press: New Prototype Phone Gives Fitness Check|author=|date=29 October 2007|website=archive.org|accessdate=12 September 2019}}</ref>
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| 2007 || December || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} and [[w:KTF|KT Freetel]] jointly invest US$200 million for a total of 33% stake in {{w|U Mobile}} Malaysia.<ref>{{cite web |title=STT to invest RM1b in U Mobile |url=https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/stt-invest-rm1b-u-mobile |website=theedgemarkets.com |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref>
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| 2008 || || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} begins offering a service called the "Area Mail Disaster Information Service" which broadcasts [[w:Earthquake Early Warning (Japan)|Earthquake Early Warning]] messages produced by the {{w|Japan Meteorological Agency}} to its subscribers with compatible handsets.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/service/safety/areamail/index.html |title=Area Mail Disaster Information Service |accessdate=2011-11-06 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20111025134752/http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/service/safety/areamail/index.html |archivedate=2011-10-25 |df= }}</ref>
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| 2008 || January 24 || {{w|Partnership}} || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces a partnership with {{w|Google}}, which allows all models after the FOMA904i models to view {{w|YouTube}} videos.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://plusd.itmedia.co.jp/mobile/articles/0801/24/news066.html |title=ドコモとGoogleが提携──各種サービスのiモード対応などを推進 |accessdate=2008-01-26 |publisher=ITMedia+D モバイル |language=Japanese}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://plusd.itmedia.co.jp/mobile/articles/0801/24/news104.html |title=YouTube、ドコモの904i/905iシリーズに対応 |accessdate=2008-01-26 |publisher=ITMedia+D モバイル |language=Japanese}}</ref>
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| 2008 || February || {{w|Joint venture}} || NTT Investment Partners, Inc. (NTT-IP) is estqablished as a corporate venture capital firm by [[w:Nippon Telegraph and Telephone|Nippon Telegraph]] and Telephone Corporation (NTT). The firm focuses on funding advanced/disruptive technologies, services and business models around the world and looks to leverage NTT Group companies’ business operations, technologies and vast network to its portfolio companies.
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| 2008 || March || Market || {{w|NTT Docomo}} reaches more than 53 million customers, which is more than half of Japan's cellular market.<ref name="Historyh"/>
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| 2008 || March || {{w|Venture capital}} || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes a {{w|JPY}} 10 billion venture fund, the NTT Investment Partners Fund, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund).<ref name="Historyh"/>
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| 2008 || April 19 || Leadership || Ryuji Yamada is promoted as the president of {{w|NTT Docomo}}. Masao Nakamura stays as a director and senior adviser. <ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.asahi.com/business/update/0418/TKY200804180367.html|script-title=ja:ドコモ社長に山田副社長が昇格へ|accessdate=2008-04-18|date=2008-04-19|language=Japanese |archiveurl = https://web.archive.org/web/20080422030408/http://www.asahi.com/business/update/0418/TKY200804180367.html <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2008-04-22}}</ref>
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| 2008 || June || Partnership || {{w|NTT Docomo}} joins the non-profit {{w|Symbian Foundation}} led by {{w|Nokia}} to co-develop a new {{w|Symbian}} smartphone operating system based on the [[w:S60 (software platform)|S60]] platform, which results in Symbian^2 for the Japanese market.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/11613_First_Symbian2_phones_ship_in_.php|title=First Symbian^2 phones ship in Japan|author=|date=|website=allaboutsymbian.com|accessdate=27 March 2018}}</ref>
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| 2008 || November || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires a 26% stake in {{w|Tata Teleservices}} for US$2.7 billion.<ref>{{cite web |title=DoCoMo buys 26% of Tata Teleservices |url=https://www.vantageasia.com/docomo-buys-26-of-tata-teleservices/ |website=vantageasia.com |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 1992 || July || || "NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. takes over mobile communications business of the reorganizing Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)"<ref name="History">{{cite web |title=History |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/corporate/about/outline/history/ |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=11 September 2019}}</ref>
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| 2008 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes a Customer Information Systems Division, a Billing Systems Division, an Enterprise Information Systems Division, an Information Systems Infrastructure Division, a Business Intelligence Systems Division, a Service Platform Division, a System Development Division, and a Public Enterprise Business Division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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| 1993 || March || || "Launches mova 2G (800 MHz) digital cellular phone service"<ref name="History"/>
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| 2009 || June || Service || The Tata Docomo service is commercially launched in {{w|India}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=Tata Group Announces Pan-India GSM Service with NTT DOCOMO |url=https://corporate.tatateleservices.com/Downloads/NewsRoom/ttsl/Tata-DOCOMO-GSM-Launch-June-2009.pdf |website=corporate.tatateleservices.com |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 1993 || || || "Established Main Sales Division"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2009 || July 5 || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires {{w|San Diego, California}}-based PacketVideo for US$157.1 million. PacketVideo produces software for wireless multimedia that includes the display of video on mobile handsets.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/>
 
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| 1994 || April || || "Launches CITYPHONE 1.5 GHz digital cellular phone service in urban areas."<ref name="History"/>
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| 2009 || December 3 || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires {{w|net mobile AG}}, a publicly traded {{w|business-to-business}} {{w|service provider}}.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/><ref>{{cite web |title=net mobile AG acquired by NTT DoCoMo |url=https://www.crunchbase.com/acquisition/ntt-docomo-acquires-net-m--081d0edc |website=crunchbase.com |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DoCoMo Other Acquisitions |url=https://www.startupranking.com/acquisition/ntt-docomo-acquires-net-mobile-ag-8978 |website=startupranking.com |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 1996 || || || "Relocated the head office to Nishi-Gotanda from Ikebukuro"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2010 || April || Financial || {{w|NTT Docomo}} raises fund size of NTT-IP Fund to {{w|JPY}} 15 billion.<ref name="Historyh"/>
 
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| 1997 || || || "Capital investment from NTT mobile communications network/Increased capital to 652.6 million JPY"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2010 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes CliNIC Division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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| 1997 || March || || " Launches DoPa packet-data communications service"<ref name="History"/>
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| 2010 || June || {{w|Market penetration}} || {{w|Tata Docomo}} reaches about 32.82 million users.<ref>{{cite web |title=joint-venture.ppt |url=https://www.scribd.com/presentation/251917548/joint-venture-ppt |website=scribd.com |accessdate=12 November 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 1998 || || || "Established urban information systems division/Acquired ISO9001 accreditation"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2010 || November 5 || Service || {{w|Tata Docomo}} becomes the first private sector telecom company to launch {{w|3G}} services in {{w|India}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=Tata DoCoMo launches 3G services|url=https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/tata-docomo-launches-3g-services/articleshow/6865060.cms |website=economictimes.indiatimes.com |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 1998 || October 12 || || NTT Mobile Communications goes public on the {{w|Nikkei 225}} average.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT Mobile Communications Network |url=https://money.howstuffworks.com/10-biggest-ipos8.htm |website=money.howstuffworks.com |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref> The company is registered under the ticker  TYO:9437.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/>
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| 2010 || December || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} launches one of world's first {{w|Long-Term Evolution}} (LTE) services, Xi (read "crossy").<ref name="History"/>
 
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| 1998 || December || || "Takes over Personal Handyphone System (PHS) business from NTT Personal Group"<ref name="History"/>
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| 2011 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes its Enterprise Solution Division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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| 1998–1999 || || || "[[Emoji]], a pictographic language being adopted around the world was first created by NTT DoCoMo. The first emoji was created in 1998 or 1999 by [[Shigetaka Kurita]], who was part of the team working on NTT DoCoMo's [[i-mode]] [[mobile Web|mobile Internet]] platform. The first set of 176 12×12 pixel emoji was created as part of i-mode's messaging features to help facilitate electronic communication, and to serve as a distinguishing feature from other services."<ref>{{cite web|last=Blagdon|first=Jeff|title=How emoji conquered the world|url=https://www.theverge.com/2013/3/4/3966140/how-emoji-conquered-the-world|work=The Verge|publisher=Vox Media|accessdate=6 November 2013|date=12 September 2019}}</ref>
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| 2011 || June || Partnership || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces team with {{w|McAfee}} to provide McAfee VirusScan Mobile for its Android mobile users.<ref>{{cite web |url= http://www.intomobile.com/2011/06/27/ntt-docomo-teamsup-mcafee-offer-free-malware-protection-its-android-users/ |title=NTT DoCoMo teams-up with McAfee to offer free malware protection for its Android users|work=intomobile.com |year=2011 |accessdate=16 October 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 1999 || || || "Commenced operation of XML solutions/Number of employees reached 500"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2012 || March || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} shifts customer base completely to {{w|3G}} and {{w|LTE}} services.<ref name="History"/>
 
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| 2000 || April || || NTT Mobile Communications changes official name to NTT DoCoMo, Inc." "15th Anniversary/Changed company name to DOCOMO Systems, Inc. from INS Engineering Co., Ltd."<ref name="History"/><ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2012 || July || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires Italian company {{w|Buongiorno}} for 209 million euros.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/telecom/NTT-Docomo-acquires-Italys-Buongiorno/articleshow/14730373.cms|title=NTT Docomo acquires Italy's Buongiorno|accessdate=2012-07-07}}</ref>
 
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| 2001 || || || "Acquired ISO14001 accreditation /Relocated the head office to Akasaka from Nishi-Gotanda/NTT DOCOMO Inc. investment ratio increased to 100%"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2012 || July || {{w|Joint venture}} || {{w|NTT Docomo}} and Japanese electronics company {{w|Omron}} establish {{w|docomo Healthcare Inc}}, a new company with the purpose to design, develop and provide healthcare support services.<ref>{{cite web |title=Docomo, Omron to establish docomo Healthcare Inc |url=https://japantoday.com/category/tech/docomo-omron-to-establish-docomo-healthcare-inc |website=japantoday.com |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2001 || October || || "Launches 3G FOMA service on fully commercialized basis"<ref name="History"/>
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| 2012 || August 10 || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires mobile commerce ecosystem Buongiorno for US$260 million.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/>
 
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| 2001 || || || "[[FOMA]], which was launched in 2001 as the world's first [[3G]] mobile service based on [[W-CDMA]]"
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| 2012 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes a Web System Division, and a Corporate Social Responsibility Department.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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| 2002 || || || "The number of employee reached 700 /Established Operation Systems HQ, System Development Division and Service Operations Division"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2013 || February || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires NTT-IP with the purpose to strengthen cooperation with startup companies in terms of venture funding and incubation. The DOCOMO Innovation Fund Partnership is established as a JPY 10 billion new venture fund and the DOCOMO’s Incubation Program starts operating.<ref name="Historyh"/>
 
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| 2002 || March || || "Lists on London (delisted on March 2014) and New York stock exchanges"<ref name="History"/>
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| 2013 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes its Enterprise Solution Division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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| 2003 || || || "Established ERP Division and Technical Center"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2013 || || Recognition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires ISO39001 accreditation.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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| 2004 || || || "Established Mobile Network Division Security Services Division"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2013 || July || Renaming || {{w|NTT Docomo}} changes its trade name to NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc.<ref name="Historyh"/>
 
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| 2005 || December || || "Launches iD credit brand"<ref name="History"/>
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| 2013 || August 27 || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires Austrian e-commerce solution provider Fine Trade.<ref>{{cite web |title=Japan’s NTT Docomo Buys Fine Trade, An Austrian E-Commerce Solution Provider, For ‘Several Tens Of Millions Of Euros’ |url=https://techcrunch.com/2013/08/27/ntt-docomo-buys-e-commerce-solution-provider-fine-trade-to-build-out-business-in-europe/ |website=techcrunch.com |accessdate=16 October 2019}}</ref><ref name="crunchbase.com"/>
 
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| 2006 || April || || "Launches DCMX mobile credit-card service"<ref name="History"/>
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| 2014 || January || {{w|Venture capital}} || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes a JPY 10 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund II, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund II).<ref name="Historyh"/>
 
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| 2006 || October || || " Since October 2006, when the introduction to the service which allows the user to [[Mobile number portability|carry their original phone number with a new provider]] was made, NTT Docomo has lost many users to [[au (mobile phone operator)|KDDI]] and [[SoftBank Mobile|SoftBank]]."
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| 2014 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes Cloud Business Division, DOCOMO IT Systems Division, DOCOMO IT Infrastructure Division, DOCOMO Business Division, Legal & Contract Department, Internal Audit Department, and a Quality Control Department.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2006 || || || "Established Information Security Services Division"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
 
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| 2007 || || || "Established Business Solution Headquarters,System Integration Division,Service Provider Division,System Infrastructure Division,Enterprise System Division,Information Security Department"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2014 || July || Program launch || {{w|NTT Docomo}} starts operating new business co-creation program in cooperation with startup, 39works.<ref name="Historyh"/>
 
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| 2007 || October || || "On October 2007, the {{w|prototype}} [[w:wellness (alternative medicine)|Wellness]] {{w|mobile phone}} of Japan's NTT Docomo Inc. and {{w|Mitsubishi Electric Corp.}} was launched at CEATEC. It checks health with a motion sensor that detects body movement and measures calories, and includes a {{w|breathalyzer}}."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20071029053227/http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hhzZNK2Qh8nBS4H9Tt_lDecgBE9QD8S3IR880|title=The Associated Press: New Prototype Phone Gives Fitness Check|author=|date=29 October 2007|website=archive.org|accessdate=12 September 2019}}</ref>
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| 2014 || || Service || Under Civil Protection Law of Japan, Docomo begins offering a service called the "Area Mail Disaster and Evacuation Information Service" which broadcasts {{w|J-Alert}} messages (including Earthquake Early Warning) produced by the Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency to its subscribers with compatible handsets (e.g. Sony XPERIA, iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy).<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/info/news_release/2014/03/28_00.html|title=緊急速報「エリアメール」、及び「緊急速報メール」を利用した国民保護に関する情報の配信を開始|accessdate=12 September 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2007 || December || || "In December 2007, NTT Docomo and [[KTF|KT Freetel]] jointly invested 200 million USD for a total of 33% stake in [[U Mobile]] Malaysia."
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| 2014 || October || || {{w|NTT Docomo}} Successfully Trials network functions virtualization NFV Using Multi-vendors' Virtualization Systems.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Successfully Trials NFV Using Multi-vendors' Virtualization Systems |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2014/1014_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=28 October 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2008 || || || "From 2008, Docomo began offering a service called the "Area Mail Disaster Information Service" which broadcasts [[Earthquake Early Warning (Japan)|Earthquake Early Warning]] messages produced by the [[Japan Meteorological Agency]] to its subscribers with compatible handsets."<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/service/safety/areamail/index.html |title=Area Mail Disaster Information Service |accessdate=2011-11-06 |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20111025134752/http://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/service/safety/areamail/index.html |archivedate=2011-10-25 |df= }}</ref>
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| 2015 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes its IT Security Division.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
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|-
| 2008 || January 24 || || "On January 24, 2008, NTT Docomo announced a partnership with {{w|Google}}, which allowed all models after the FOMA904i models to view {{w|YouTube}} videos."<ref>{{cite web |url=http://plusd.itmedia.co.jp/mobile/articles/0801/24/news066.html |title=ドコモとGoogleが提携──各種サービスのiモード対応などを推進 |accessdate=2008-01-26 |publisher=ITMedia+D モバイル |language=Japanese}}</ref><ref>{{cite web |url=http://plusd.itmedia.co.jp/mobile/articles/0801/24/news104.html |title=YouTube、ドコモの904i/905iシリーズに対応 |accessdate=2008-01-26 |publisher=ITMedia+D モバイル |language=Japanese}}</ref>
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| 2015 || March 27 || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} launches Premium 4G, a {{w|LTE Advanced}} service.<ref>{{cite web |title=DoCoMo starts on March 27 on "PREMIUM 4G" of the fastest 225 Mbps in Japan, in which the file DL speed exceeds 1.5 times the LTE |url=https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20150225-lte-advanced-docomo-premium-4g/ |website=gigazine.net |accessdate=28 October 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2008 || March || || "NTT Docomo has more than 53 million customers (as of March 2008), which is more than half of Japan's cellular market."
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| 2015 || May 13 || Service || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces integration of DOCOMO's dmarket services with social networking functions offered by {{w|Facebook}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO to Integrate Mobile Services with Facebook |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2015/0513_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2008 || April 19 || || "On April 19, 2008, it was announced that Ryuji Yamada, the current co-president of NTT Docomo, will be promoted as the president of NTT Docomo in June 2008. Masao Nakamura will stay in NTT Docomo as a director and also the senior adviser. Since October 2006, when the introduction to the service which allows the user to [[w:Mobile number portability|carry their original phone number with a new provider]] was made, NTT Docomo has lost many users to [[w:au (mobile phone operator)|KDDI]] and [[w:SoftBank Mobile|SoftBank]]. This promotion was made in order to get more users for NTT Docomo."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.asahi.com/business/update/0418/TKY200804180367.html|script-title=ja:ドコモ社長に山田副社長が昇格へ|accessdate=2008-04-18|date=2008-04-19|language=Japanese |archiveurl = https://web.archive.org/web/20080422030408/http://www.asahi.com/business/update/0418/TKY200804180367.html <!-- Bot retrieved archive --> |archivedate = 2008-04-22}}</ref>
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| 2015 || October 1 || Merger || Docomo Capital announces its merger with Docomo Innovations.<ref>{{cite web |title=GATEWAY TO JAPAN |url=https://www.docomoinnovations.com/ |website=docomoinnovations.com |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2008 || June || || "On April 19, 2008, it was announced that Ryuji Yamada, the current co-president of NTT Docomo, will be promoted as the president of NTT Docomo in June 2008."
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| 2015 || Year round || Financial || {{w|NTT Docomo}} generates JPY 4.4 trillion in annual revenue, down from JPY 4.5 trillion recorded in 2014.<ref name="Careers at NTT DoCoMo"/>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2008 || June || || "In June 2008 NTT Docomo joined the non-profit [[Symbian Foundation]] led by [[Nokia]] to co-develop a new [[Symbian]] smartphone operating system based on the [[S60 (software platform)|S60]] platform, which resulted in Symbian^2 for the Japanese market."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news/item/11613_First_Symbian2_phones_ship_in_.php|title=First Symbian^2 phones ship in Japan|author=|date=|website=allaboutsymbian.com|accessdate=27 March 2018}}</ref>
+
| 2016 || || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires "Kurumin", a next generation support certification logo.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2008 || November || || "In November 2008, NTT Docomo bought a 26% stake in [[Tata Teleservices]] for 2.7 billion USD, the number 6 in Indian telecom industry and owned by the [[Tata group]]."
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| 2017 || January || International expansion || {{w|NTT Docomo}} launches its NTT DOCOMO Ventures' {{w|Silicon Valley}} branch in the United States.<ref name="Historyh"/>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2008 || || || "Established Customer Information Systems Division, Billing Systems Division, Enterprise Information Systems Division, Information Systems Infrastructure Division, Business Intelligence Systems Division, Service Platform Division, System Development Division, Public Enterprise Business Division"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2017 || || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires the highest position of "Eruboshi", based on Act to advance women's success in their working life.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2009 || June || || "The Tata Docomo service was commercially launched in India in June 2009. "
+
| 2017 || February || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announes a new {{w|eSIM}} platform that would enable companion consumer devices embedded with subscriber identity modules (eSIM), including tablets and wearables, to connect to mobile networks through remote provisioning of the profile.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Develops eSIM Platform for Consumer Devices |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2017/0223_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=12 November 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2009 || July 5 || Acquisition || NTT DoCoMo acquires {{w|San Diego, California}}-based PacketVideo for US$157.1 million. PacketVideo produces software for wireless multimedia that includes the display of video on mobile handsets.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/>
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| 2017 || February 27 || Partnership || {{w|Qualcomm Technologies}}, {{w|Ericsson}}, and {{w|NTT Docomo}} announce collaboration on {{w|5G}} New Radio (NR) trials to accelerate wide-scale 5G deployments in Japan.<ref>{{cite web |title=Qualcomm, Ericsson, and NTT DOCOMO announce collaboration on 5G NR trials to accelerate wide-scale 5G deployments in Japan |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2017/0227_02.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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|-
| 2009 || December 3 || || NTT DoCoMo acquires net mobile AG.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/>
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| 2017 || June 27 || || [[w:China Mobile|China Mobile Communications Corporation]] and {{w|NTT Docomo}} announce joint development of the world's first multi-vendor embedded subscriber identity module (eSIM) system within their commercial environments based on the GSMA's Remote Provisioning Architecture for Embedded UICC3.1 (GSMAv3.1) standard.<ref>{{cite web |title=China Mobile Communications and NTT DOCOMO Develop World's First Multi-Vendor eSIM System for IoT |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2017/0627_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2010 || || || "Established CliNIC Division"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2017 || October || {{w|Venture capital}} || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes a JPY 15 billion new venture fund, Docomo Innovation Fund II, L.P.<ref name="Historyh"/>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2010 || || || "Tata Docomo had about 32.82 million users at the end of June 2010."
+
| 2017 || November 28 || Product || In collaboration with international digital security company {{w|Gemalto}}, {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces development of the world's first multi-profile SIM "for use through multi-carrier collaborations that can allow users to switch between profiles, which include data such as contract information and telephone numbers, on their smartphone or tablet in each country."<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Develops Multi-Profile SIM for Smartphones and Tablets |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2017/1128_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=12 November 2019}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2010 || November 5 || || {{w|Tata Docomo}} becomes the first private sector telecom company to launch {{w|3G}} services in {{w|India}}.
+
| 2018 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} Establishes {{w|IoT}} Division, Sales Channel Promotion Division Certified as a Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500).<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2010 || December || || "December 2010 Launches one of world's first LTE services, Xi (read "crossy")"<ref name="History"/>
+
| 2018 || || Recognition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} receives the Certification of Silver (Gin-no-Nintei).<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2011 || || || "Established Enterprise Solution Division"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2018 || March 16 || Technology || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces the launch of an {{w|AI}} engine that "quickly, simply and accurately analyzes shelf allocation in stores and warehouses using photos taken with smartphones and other common devices".<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Launches AI Engine for Fast, Accurate Shelf Analysis |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2018/0316_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2011 || June || || "In June 2011, the company announced that they were teaming up with [[McAfee]] to provide McAfee VirusScan Mobile for its Android mobile users."<ref>{{cite web |url= http://www.intomobile.com/2011/06/27/ntt-docomo-teamsup-mcafee-offer-free-malware-protection-its-android-users/ |title=NTT DoCoMo teams-up with McAfee to offer free malware protection for its Android users|work=intomobile.com |year=2011 |accessdate=12 September 2019}}</ref>
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| 2018 || May 9 || || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces that together with {{w|NEC Corporation}} and {{w|Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation}} (NTT) it has achieved what is considered to be the first successful 28 GHz wireless data transmission between a {{w|5G}} base station and a 5G mobile station in 5G field trials using a car moving at 305 km/h.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Achieves World's First 5G Wireless Data Transmission in Ultra-high-mobility Environment Exceeding 300 km/h |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2018/0509_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2012 || March || || "Shifts customer base completely to 3G and LTE services"<ref name="History"/>
+
| 2019 || June 26 || Technology || {{w|China Mobile}} and {{w|NTT Docomo}} announce launch of an eSIM solution to enable cross-vendor SIM profile switching from DOCOMO to China Mobile.<ref>{{cite web |title=China Mobile and NTT DOCOMO to Launch World's First IoT Multi-vendor eSIM Solution |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2018/0626_01.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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|-
| 2012 || July || Acquisition || NTT Docomo acquires Italian company {{w|Buongiorno}} for 209 million euros.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/telecom/NTT-Docomo-acquires-Italys-Buongiorno/articleshow/14730373.cms|title=NTT Docomo acquires Italy's Buongiorno|accessdate=2012-07-07}}</ref>
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| 2018 || July || {{w|Venture capital}} || {{w|NTT Docomo}} establishes a JPY 20 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund III, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund III).<ref name="Historyh">{{cite web |title=History |url=https://www.nttdocomo-v.com/en/history/ |website=nttdocomo-v.com |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref>  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2012 || August 10 || Acquisition || NTT DoCoMo acquires mobile commerce ecosystem Buongiorno for US$260 million.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/>
+
| 2018 || || Recognition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} manages employee health from business management standpoint and is certified “White 500” Recognition for Excellence in Health and Productivity Management.<ref name="Labor Practices">{{cite web |title=Labor Practices |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/binary/pdf/corporate/csr/about/pdf/e_csr2018w_008.pdf |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2012 || || || "Established Web System Division,Corporate Social Responsibility Department"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2018 || November 29 || Research || {{w|NTT Docomo}} and {{w|Toyota}} announce successful joint control of the Toyota-developed T-HR31 humanoid robot in trials using {{w|5G}} under a test environment with control from a remote location.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO and Toyota Conduct Successful Remote Control of T-HR3 Humanoid Robot Using 5G |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2018/1129_01.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2013 || || || "Enterprise Solution Division/Acquired ISO39001 accreditation"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2018 || December 28 || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} acquires Conobie,  a Japanese website about parenting that provides articles and short comics about pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, and parenting.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/><ref>{{cite web |title=Like BabyCenter, L.L.C. |url=https://mandasoft.com/acquisition/?viewmodes=1&acquisitionID=71312&title=Everyday_Health_Inc__acquired_BabyCenter_LLC |website=mandasoft.com |accessdate=28 October 2019}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2013 || August 27 || Acquisition || NTT DoCoMo acquires fine trade.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/>
+
| 2019 || February 4 || Technology || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces development of the world's first 8K 3D {{w|virtual reality}} system for live video streaming and viewing at 60 frames per second (fps) over {{w|5G}} mobile communications.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Develops World's First 360-degree 8K 3D VR System for Live Video Streaming and Viewing at 60 fps |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/0204_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2013 || October || || "Changes official name to NTT DOCOMO, INC."<ref name="History"/>
+
| 2019 || February 18 || Recognition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} is ranked as the leading mobile operator in the world in terms of applications for candidate standard-essential patents (SEPs) for the new fifth-generation ({{w|5G}}) mobile communication standard. The company is also ranked first in terms of 5G technical proposals (contributions). The rankings are based on a study conducted by Japanese firm Cyber Creative Institute Co.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Ranked World's Top Mobile Operator in 5G SEP Applications and Contributions to 5G Standard |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/0218_01.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2014 || || || NTT Docomo establishes Cloud Business Division, DOCOMO IT Systems Division, DOCOMO IT Infrastructure Division, DOCOMO Business Division, Legal & Contract Department, Internal Audit Department, and a Quality Control Department.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2019 || May 29 || Technology || {{w|NTT Docomo}}, {{w|AGC Inc.}} and {{w|Ericsson}} announce having achieved the world's first {{w|5G}} mobile telecommunications using an antenna embedded in synthetic fused silica glass to transmit and receive 28 GHz 5G radio signals for stable, high-speed mobile communication in buildings, vehicles and trains.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO, AGC and Ericsson Achieve World's First 5G Communication Using Glass Antenna for 28 GHz |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/0529_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2014 || || || "Takes over "dDREAMS" from NTT DOCOMO Capital investment from NTT DOCOMO/Increased capital to 11.3 billion JPY"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2019 || July 31 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces development of an {{w|application programming interface}} for its docomo sky drone-operation platform and uses the API to "successfully integrate docomo sky with NEXSYS-ONE's tower maintenance platform in a joint trial, demonstrating the possibility to use drones for automated inspections and maintenance of mobile-network base-station towers."<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Develops Drone Platform API for Expanded Drone Applications |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/0731_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>  
 
|-
 
|-
| 2014 || || || "From 2014, under Civil Protection Law of Japan, Docomo began offering a service called the "Area Mail Disaster and Evacuation Information Service" which broadcasts [[J-Alert]] messages (including Earthquake Early Warning) produced by the Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency to its subscribers with compatible handsets (e.g. Sony XPERIA,  iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy)."<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/info/news_release/2014/03/28_00.html|title=緊急速報「エリアメール」、及び「緊急速報メール」を利用した国民保護に関する情報の配信を開始|accessdate=12 September 2019}}</ref>
+
| 2019 || || Administration || {{w|NTT Docomo}} Establishes Sales Channel Promotion Department, Security Operation Center, Web Systems Department, SE & Business Support Center, Human Resources and Development Department, and Western Branch.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2015 || || || "30th Anniversary/Established IT Security Division"<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2019 || May 17 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces development of a [[w:Unmanned aerial vehicle|drone]] that is propelled safely through the air with ultrasonic vibrations, which make it appropriate for concert halls and other indoor spaces.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Develops Safe, Blade-free Drone Propelled with Ultrasonic Vibrations |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/0517_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2015 || March 27 || || NTT Docomo launches Premium 4G, a {{w|LTE Advanced}} service.
+
| 2019 || May 23 || Research || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces research in collaboration with {{w|Tohoku University}}, of an artificial-intelligence technology to detect {{w|periodontal disease}} simply by photographing a person's gums with a {{w|smartphone}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=Tohoku University and DOCOMO Launch Research Project to Develop Artificial-intelligence Technology for Periodontal Disease Detection |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/0523_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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|-
| 2016 || || || NTT Docomo acquires "Kurumin", a next generation support certification logo.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2019 || September 2 || Technology || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces having joined the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) "with the aim of further advancing the use of 5G technology in the manufacturing sector".<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Joins 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/0902_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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|-
| 2017 || || || NTT Docomo acquires the highest position of "Eruboshi", based on Act to advance women's success in their working life.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2019 || September 30 || Technology || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces achievement of the world's first 28 GHz-band {{w|5G}} mobile communications between base stations and a high-speed bullet train during experimental trials to verify further enhancement of 5G in collaboration with Central [[w:Japan Railways Group|Japan Railway Company]].<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Achieves World's First 5G Communication Between High-speed Bullet Train and Experimental Base Stations |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/0930_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2017 || May || || NTT Docomo launches {{w|5G}} trial networks at {{w|Aomi}}, {{w|Odaiba}} (Tokyo Waterfront City) and the area around {{w|Tokyo Skytree}}.
+
| 2019 || December 5 || Research || {{w|NTT Docomo}} and {{w|Kyoto University}} announce joint development of what is believed to be the world's first {{w|artificial intelligence}}-based system for inspecting bridges based on vehicle weights and structural deflection estimated from video footage.<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO and Kyoto University develop world's first AI system to detect bridge deterioration using video-based vehicle weights and structural deflection |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/1205_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
|-
 
|-
| 2018 || || || NTT Docomo Establishes IoT Division, Sales Channel Promotion Division Certified as a Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500).<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2019 || December 20 || Acquisition || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces purchase of all shares of {{w|docomo Healthcare, Inc.}} and make it a wholly owned subsidiary of {{w|NTT Docomo}}.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT DOCOMO to Absorb docomo Healthcare in Simplified, Short-form Merger |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2019/1220_01.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>  
 
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|-
| 2018 || || || NTT Docomo receives the Certification of Silver (Gin-no-Nintei).<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
+
| 2020 || January 17 || Product || {{w|NTT Docomo}} announces world's first trial of a prototype transparent dynamic metasurface using 28 GHz 5G radio signals. The prototype is a collaboration with glass manufacturing company {{w|AGC Inc.}}<ref>{{cite web |title=DOCOMO Conducts World's First Successful Trial of Transparent Dynamic Metasurface |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2020/0117_00.html |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=19 January 2020}}</ref>
 
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| 2018 || || || NTT Docomo manages employee health from business management standpoint and is certified “White 500” Recognition for Excellence in Health and Productivity Management.<ref name="Labor Practices">{{cite web |title=Labor Practices |url=https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/binary/pdf/corporate/csr/about/pdf/e_csr2018w_008.pdf |website=nttdocomo.co.jp |accessdate=15 October 2019}}</ref>
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| 2020 || July || Infrastructure || {{w|NTT Docomo}} plans to have {{w|5G}} base stations in all 47 Japanese prefectures by this time.<ref name="venturebeat.com">{{cite web |title=NTT Docomo moves up Japan-wide 5G to June 2020, offers early access |url=https://venturebeat.com/2019/09/19/ntt-docomo-moves-up-japan-wide-5g-to-june-2020-offers-early-access/ |website=venturebeat.com |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref>
 
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| 2018 || December 28 || Acquisition || NTT DoCoMo acquires Conobie.<ref name="crunchbase.com"/>
+
| 2021 || Spring || Infrastructure || {{w|NTT Docomo}} plans to reach a total of 10,000 {{w|5G}} base stations by this time.<ref name="venturebeat.com"/>
 
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| 2019 || || || NTT DoCoMo Establishes Sales Channel Promotion Department, Security Operation Center, Web Systems Department, SE & Business Support Center, Human Resources and Development Department, and Western Branch.<ref name="docomo-sys.co.jp"/>
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| 2026 || March || Service shutdown || {{w|NTT Docomo}} plans to discontinue its internet-capable mobile phone system {{w|i-mode}} (introduced in 1999) by this time, due to a dwindling number of users.<ref>{{cite web |title=NTT Docomo to discontinue decades-old i-mode, world's first mobile internet service, in 2026 |url=https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/29/business/tech/ntt-docomo-discontinue-decades-old-mode-worlds-first-mobile-internet-service-2026/#.XdLzPNX0mUk |website=japantimes.co.jp |accessdate=18 November 2019}}</ref>
 
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===What the timeline is still missing===
 
===What the timeline is still missing===
  
* [https://www.nttdocomo-v.com/en/history/]
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* [https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/]
* [https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ntt-docomo#section-mobile-app-metrics-by-apptopia]
 
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Big picture

Time period Development summary
1952–1985 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (NTTPC) prelude era. NTTPC is established as a corporation.
1985–1992 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) prelude era. NTT is established as a private company.
1992 onwards NTT Docomo era, which is formally established taking over the mobile communications business of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (“NTT Group”) as part of its corporate reorganization.[1] in 1993, the company launches the mobile phone service (PDC).[2] In 1997 it launches a packet communications service.[2] In 1999, the company launches the world's first mobile Internet-services platform.[3]
2000s NTT Docomo becomes the first cellular operator in the world to offer commercial 3G services. By the late decade, the company reaches more than half of Japan's cellular market.
2010s NTT Docomo introduces one of the earliest commercial LTE services.[3] Tata Docomo becomes the first private sector telecom company to launch 3G services in India.

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Year Month and date Event type Details
1952 Early development Nippon Denshin Denwa Kosha (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (NTTPC)) is launched as a public corporation and becomes the main engine for Japanese telecommunications R&D.[4][5]
1985 May 30 Early development State-owned Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corp. is privatized as Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) amid liberalization of the telecommunications sector.[5][6][7] Operating domestic telecommunications, it is considered "one of the most powerful sparks that lit the communications revolution in Japan".[8]
1985 Product NTT develops the first 'Shoulder phone', a car phone, that can be carried around in a shoulder trap.[9]
1987 Product NTT offers the first handheld cellular phone, primarily for professional and organizational purposes.[9]
1989 Service NTT launches a new digital standard, which creates a fast growth for subscribers.[9]
1991 August Founding NTT Mobile Communications Network is established by the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) as a subsidiary to take over the mobile cellular operations.[10][11][12][13] This unit would soon adopt the nickname DoCoMo, which stands for "Do Communications Over the Mobile Network".[14] Operations commence at the Osaka Regional Marketing Branch.[6]
1991 Market penetration There are about 5.75 million pager subscribers in Japan, of which NTT has some 3.5 million.[8]
1992 Administration NTT MCN relocates head office to Ikebukuro from Koji-Machi, Chiyoda-Ku.[6]
1992 Personnel NTT MCN number of employees reaches 300.[6]
1992 July 1 Reorganization NTT MCN becomes an independent company and begins operations assuming control of mobile communications business of the reorganizing Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT).[8][15] This event is considered to be the birth of NTT DoCoMo, after the cellular communications services of NTT are carved out from the former telecom monopolist's other lines of business.[16]
1992 Service NTT MCN launches the first analog cellular phone service.[13]
1993 Service Japan moves to digital mobile services as NTT MCN launches a new service based on Personal Digital Cellular (PDC) technology.[17]
1993 March Service NTT MCN Launches mova 2G (800 MHz), its first digital cellular phone service.[15][13]
1993 July Administration NTT MCN is reorganized into nine regional companies within Japan.[16]
1993 Administration NTT MCN establishes its Main Sales Division.[6]
1993 Userbase Nearly 70 percent of new NTT pager subscribers are individuals instead of companies.[8]
1994 Background The mobile phone market is opened to competition.[17]
1994 April Service NTT MCN launches CITYPHONE 1.5 GHz digital cellular phone service in urban areas.[15]
1996 Administration NTT MCN relocates the head office to Nishigotanda from Ikebukuro.[6]
1996 Mid-year Personnel NTT MCN employs about 500 engineers.[18]
1996 Market growth The adoption rate for mobiles in Japan reaches 25%.[9]
1997 Financial NTT MCN increases capital investment to 652.6 million JPY.[6]
1997 March Service NTT MCN launches DoPa packet-data communications service, the first data communications service in Japan.[15][13]
1998 Administration NTT MCN establishes its urban information systems division.[6]
1998 Recognition NTT MCN acquires ISO9001 accreditation, an international standard used by organizations to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.[19][6]
1998 October 12 Financial NTT MCN goes public on the Nikkei 225 average.[20] The company is registered under the ticker TYO:9437.[12] NTT sells 30% of DoCoMo to the public.[17]
1998 October 22 Financial NTT MCN is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.[16]
1998 December Acquisition NTT MCN assumes control of Personal Handyphone System (PHS) business from NTT Personal Group.[15][16]
1998–1999 Product NTT MCN morking team designer Shigetaka Kurita invents the Emoji, a pictographic language being adopted around the world. The first set of 176 12×12 pixel emoji is created as part of i-mode's messaging features to help facilitate electronic communication, and also to serve as a distinguishing feature from other services.[21]
1999 February Service NTT MCN introduces its 2.5G i-mode, the first such service with national coverage.[13]
1999 August 8 Growth i-mode grows to 1 million subscribers.[13]
1999 December Growth i-mode grows to 3 million subscribers.[13]
2000 April Renaming Around its 15th anniversary, NTT Mobile Communications Network changes official name to NTT Docomo.[15][6]
2000 August 6 Growth Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 10 million.[22]
2000 September Facility The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building opens. One of the tallest buildings in Tokyo, it houses base station equipment and switching equipment.[23]
2000 November 22 Growth Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 10 million.[22][13]
2000 Late year Growth There are 50 million Personal Digital Cellular (PDC) subscribers in Japan.[13]
2000 License The Japanese government awards 3G licenses to NTT Docomo, KDDI and J-Phone at no charge. This allows NTT Docomo to free up its cash stock for overseas investment.[16]
2001 Recognition NTT Docomo acquires ISO14001 accreditation[6], the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system.[24]
2001 March 4 Growth Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 20 million.[22]
2001 May Growth i-mode grows to 23 million subscribers.[13]
2001 July 1 Growth Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 25 million.[22]
2001 Administration NTT Docomo relocates the head office to Akasaka from Nishigotanda.[6]
2001 Financial NTT Docomo investment ratio increases to 100%.[6]
2001 October Service NTT Docomo becomes the first cellular operator in the world to offer commercial 3G services (based on WCDMA) called Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access (FOMA). The service becomes first available in the Greater Tokyo Area, Yokohama and Kawasaki.[15][16]
2001 December 25 Growth Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 30 million.[22]
2002 Personnel NTT Docomo reaches 700 employees.[6]
2002 Administration NTT Docomo establishes its Operation Systems HQ, System Development Division and Service Operations Division.[6]
2002 March Financial NTT Docomo is listed on London (delisted on March 2014) and New York stock exchanges.[15]
2002 May 8 Administration NTT Docomo states in a memorandum of understanding plans to convert its regional subsidiaries into wholly owned subsidiaries by way of share exchange.[16]
2002 June 1 Service NTT Docomo launches its i-shot service, allowing subscribers to transmit still images taken with compatible mobile phones having built-in cameras to virtually any device capable of receiving e-mail.[25]
2001 October 14 Growth Subscriptions for i-mode in Japan reaches 35 million.[22]
2003 January 14 Market penetration NTT Docomo i-shot handsets (camera phone) sales exceed 5 million.[25]
2003 March 6 Service NTT Docomo announces plans to unveil an always-on internet access service, dubbed "@FreeD™", for use with compatible Personal Handy-phone System (PHS) terminals.[26]
2003 March 11 NTT Docomo announces the introduction of the P2102V, the company's first 3G videophone handset capable of video clip e-mailing and extended stand-by time, and the first Freedom of Mobile Multimedia Access model to accept memory cards.[27]
2003 March 21 Product NTT Docomo announces the introduction of the D505i mobile phone, the first model in the company's 505i series of enhanced-PDC (2G) handsets that incorporate a Flash browser.[28]
2003 March 27 Product NTT Docomo announces the introduction of the its first Global Positioning Service (GPS) compatible handset, dubbed F661i, to the market.[29]
2003 May 26 Service NTT Docomo launches online shopping mall and account aggregation portal DoCommerce, which enables both 2G and 3G SSL-compatible i-mode handset users to manage their finances and shop online with their credit cards. The online mall launches with 10 virtual shops selling items such as accessories, perfumes and healthcare goods.[30]
2003 June 3 Service NTT Docomo announces a payments service to enable customers using 2G and 3G handsets to shop online at a dedicated portal site and receive bills for purchases together with their monthly mobile phone invoices.[31]
2003 June 30 Product NTT Docomo announces launch of the F2102V mobile videophone, the first model compatible with Docomo's new FirstPass SSL client authentication service.[32]
2003 Administration NTT Docomo establishes ERP Division and Technical Center.[6]
2003 September Growth After achieving a peak of more than 62 million subscribers for PDC services in Japan, the Japanese mobile market embraces next-generation technologies based on CDMA technology.[13]
2003 October 30 Total subscribers to 2G and 3G i-mode mobile internet service in Japan surpass 40 million.[22]
2003 October 31 NTT Docomo announce development of the first FOMA compact flash card, P2402, which enables 3G videophone and other wireless data communication via PCs and PDAs, such as Docomo's sigmarion III.[33]
2003 November 10 Product NTT Docomo announces the release of the mova P505iS, the world's first camera phone equipped with auto focus.[34]
2003 December 9 Product NTT Docomo announces the release of three handsets in the 2G mova 505iS series: "the SO505iS, a mega-pixel camera phone equipped to play extended-length video files; the N505iS, the first NEC-made camera phone in the mova lineup with 1.3 mega-pixel resolution; and the SH505iS, which comes with a 2.02 mega-pixel, auto-focus camera."[35]
2003 December 18 NTT Docomo announces liquidation of NTT Docomo Telecomunicações do Brasil Limitada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Docomo.[36]
2004 January 9 Service NTT Docomo announces the launch of an i-mode Disaster Message Board service allowing i-mode subscribers in Japan to post personal messages at a special i-mode site (provided in Japanese only) in the event of major calamities such as high-magnitude earthquakes.[37]
2004 January 29 Subsidiary NTT Docomo announces the decision to liquidate its subsidiary, Mobimagic Co., an application service provider for medium and small-sized companies.[38]
2004 January 29 Growth (3G FOMA service) NTT Docomo announces that subscribers to the 3G FOMA service surpassed two million, two years and four months after the service was launched.[39]
2004 February 26 Product NTT Docomo announces release of the P900i, the third handset in the new 3G FOMA 900i series.[40]
2004 March 24 Subsidiary NTT Docomo announces the decision to liquidate DCM Capital LDN (United Kingdom) Limited, DCM Capital HKG (UK) Limited and DCM Capital 3G HKG (UK) Limited, each of which is a wholly owned subsidiary of DoCoMo.[41]
2004 March 31 Growth (3G FOMA service) NTT Docomo announces that subscribers to the 3G FOMA service surpassed the three million mark.[42]
2004 April 1 Research NTT Docomo establishes its Mobile Society Research Institute, which would study the social impact of mobile phone use.[43]
2004 April Product NTT Docomo launches mova 506i series of three PDC (2G) i-mode mobile phones, a series of handsets featuring cameras with effective resolutions of more than one million pixels.[44]
2004 April 28 Service NTT Docomo announces launch an international roaming-in service to enable mobile subscribers of Docomo's 21 international partners in 19 countries and territories to use the company's 3G FOMA network while in Japan.[45]
2004 Administration NTT Docomo establishes a Mobile Network Division and a Security Services Division.[6]
2004 December Product NTT Docomo launches the F901iC 3G FOMA handset, the latest model in the 901i series.[46]
2004 December 16 Product NTT Docomo introduces the N900iG, the first FOMA 3G handset for fully functional mobile communications in approximately 115 countries/regions.[47]
2005 November 24 Product NTT Docomo announces launch of the FOMA SA800i, a child-friendly 3G mobile phone.[48]
2005 December Product NTT Docomo launches iD credit brand.[15]
2006 April Service NTT Docomo launches DCMX mobile credit-card service.[15]
2006 Administration NTT Docomo establishes Information Security Services Division.[6]
2007 Administration NTT Docomo establishes its Business Solution Headquarters, a System Integration Division, a Service Provider Division, a System Infrastructure Division, an Enterprise System Division, and an Information Security Department.[6]
2007 October Product The prototype Wellness mobile phone of NTT Docomo and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. is launched at annual Japanese trade show CEATEC. It checks health with a motion sensor that detects body movement and measures calories, and includes a breathalyzer.[49]
2007 December Acquisition NTT Docomo and KT Freetel jointly invest US$200 million for a total of 33% stake in U Mobile Malaysia.[50]
2008 Service NTT Docomo begins offering a service called the "Area Mail Disaster Information Service" which broadcasts Earthquake Early Warning messages produced by the Japan Meteorological Agency to its subscribers with compatible handsets.[51]
2008 January 24 Partnership NTT Docomo announces a partnership with Google, which allows all models after the FOMA904i models to view YouTube videos.[52][53]
2008 February Joint venture NTT Investment Partners, Inc. (NTT-IP) is estqablished as a corporate venture capital firm by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT). The firm focuses on funding advanced/disruptive technologies, services and business models around the world and looks to leverage NTT Group companies’ business operations, technologies and vast network to its portfolio companies.
2008 March Market NTT Docomo reaches more than 53 million customers, which is more than half of Japan's cellular market.[54]
2008 March Venture capital NTT Docomo establishes a JPY 10 billion venture fund, the NTT Investment Partners Fund, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund).[54]
2008 April 19 Leadership Ryuji Yamada is promoted as the president of NTT Docomo. Masao Nakamura stays as a director and senior adviser. [55]
2008 June Partnership NTT Docomo joins the non-profit Symbian Foundation led by Nokia to co-develop a new Symbian smartphone operating system based on the S60 platform, which results in Symbian^2 for the Japanese market.[56]
2008 November Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires a 26% stake in Tata Teleservices for US$2.7 billion.[57]
2008 Administration NTT Docomo establishes a Customer Information Systems Division, a Billing Systems Division, an Enterprise Information Systems Division, an Information Systems Infrastructure Division, a Business Intelligence Systems Division, a Service Platform Division, a System Development Division, and a Public Enterprise Business Division.[6]
2009 June Service The Tata Docomo service is commercially launched in India.[58]
2009 July 5 Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires San Diego, California-based PacketVideo for US$157.1 million. PacketVideo produces software for wireless multimedia that includes the display of video on mobile handsets.[12]
2009 December 3 Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires net mobile AG, a publicly traded business-to-business service provider.[12][59][60]
2010 April Financial NTT Docomo raises fund size of NTT-IP Fund to JPY 15 billion.[54]
2010 Administration NTT Docomo establishes CliNIC Division.[6]
2010 June Market penetration Tata Docomo reaches about 32.82 million users.[61]
2010 November 5 Service Tata Docomo becomes the first private sector telecom company to launch 3G services in India.[62]
2010 December Service NTT Docomo launches one of world's first Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services, Xi (read "crossy").[15]
2011 Administration NTT Docomo establishes its Enterprise Solution Division.[6]
2011 June Partnership NTT Docomo announces team with McAfee to provide McAfee VirusScan Mobile for its Android mobile users.[63]
2012 March Service NTT Docomo shifts customer base completely to 3G and LTE services.[15]
2012 July Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires Italian company Buongiorno for 209 million euros.[64]
2012 July Joint venture NTT Docomo and Japanese electronics company Omron establish docomo Healthcare Inc, a new company with the purpose to design, develop and provide healthcare support services.[65]
2012 August 10 Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires mobile commerce ecosystem Buongiorno for US$260 million.[12]
2012 Administration NTT Docomo establishes a Web System Division, and a Corporate Social Responsibility Department.[6]
2013 February Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires NTT-IP with the purpose to strengthen cooperation with startup companies in terms of venture funding and incubation. The DOCOMO Innovation Fund Partnership is established as a JPY 10 billion new venture fund and the DOCOMO’s Incubation Program starts operating.[54]
2013 Administration NTT Docomo establishes its Enterprise Solution Division.[6]
2013 Recognition NTT Docomo acquires ISO39001 accreditation.[6]
2013 July Renaming NTT Docomo changes its trade name to NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc.[54]
2013 August 27 Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires Austrian e-commerce solution provider Fine Trade.[66][12]
2014 January Venture capital NTT Docomo establishes a JPY 10 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund II, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund II).[54]
2014 Administration NTT Docomo establishes Cloud Business Division, DOCOMO IT Systems Division, DOCOMO IT Infrastructure Division, DOCOMO Business Division, Legal & Contract Department, Internal Audit Department, and a Quality Control Department.[6]
2014 July Program launch NTT Docomo starts operating new business co-creation program in cooperation with startup, 39works.[54]
2014 Service Under Civil Protection Law of Japan, Docomo begins offering a service called the "Area Mail Disaster and Evacuation Information Service" which broadcasts J-Alert messages (including Earthquake Early Warning) produced by the Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency to its subscribers with compatible handsets (e.g. Sony XPERIA, iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy).[67]
2014 October NTT Docomo Successfully Trials network functions virtualization NFV Using Multi-vendors' Virtualization Systems.[68]
2015 Administration NTT Docomo establishes its IT Security Division.[6]
2015 March 27 Service NTT Docomo launches Premium 4G, a LTE Advanced service.[69]
2015 May 13 Service NTT Docomo announces integration of DOCOMO's dmarket services with social networking functions offered by Facebook.[70]
2015 October 1 Merger Docomo Capital announces its merger with Docomo Innovations.[71]
2015 Year round Financial NTT Docomo generates JPY 4.4 trillion in annual revenue, down from JPY 4.5 trillion recorded in 2014.[1]
2016 Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires "Kurumin", a next generation support certification logo.[6]
2017 January International expansion NTT Docomo launches its NTT DOCOMO Ventures' Silicon Valley branch in the United States.[54]
2017 Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires the highest position of "Eruboshi", based on Act to advance women's success in their working life.[6]
2017 February Product NTT Docomo announes a new eSIM platform that would enable companion consumer devices embedded with subscriber identity modules (eSIM), including tablets and wearables, to connect to mobile networks through remote provisioning of the profile.[72]
2017 February 27 Partnership Qualcomm Technologies, Ericsson, and NTT Docomo announce collaboration on 5G New Radio (NR) trials to accelerate wide-scale 5G deployments in Japan.[73]
2017 June 27 China Mobile Communications Corporation and NTT Docomo announce joint development of the world's first multi-vendor embedded subscriber identity module (eSIM) system within their commercial environments based on the GSMA's Remote Provisioning Architecture for Embedded UICC3.1 (GSMAv3.1) standard.[74]
2017 October Venture capital NTT Docomo establishes a JPY 15 billion new venture fund, Docomo Innovation Fund II, L.P.[54]
2017 November 28 Product In collaboration with international digital security company Gemalto, NTT Docomo announces development of the world's first multi-profile SIM "for use through multi-carrier collaborations that can allow users to switch between profiles, which include data such as contract information and telephone numbers, on their smartphone or tablet in each country."[75]
2018 Administration NTT Docomo Establishes IoT Division, Sales Channel Promotion Division Certified as a Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500).[6]
2018 Recognition NTT Docomo receives the Certification of Silver (Gin-no-Nintei).[6]
2018 March 16 Technology NTT Docomo announces the launch of an AI engine that "quickly, simply and accurately analyzes shelf allocation in stores and warehouses using photos taken with smartphones and other common devices".[76]
2018 May 9 NTT Docomo announces that together with NEC Corporation and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) it has achieved what is considered to be the first successful 28 GHz wireless data transmission between a 5G base station and a 5G mobile station in 5G field trials using a car moving at 305 km/h.[77]
2019 June 26 Technology China Mobile and NTT Docomo announce launch of an eSIM solution to enable cross-vendor SIM profile switching from DOCOMO to China Mobile.[78]
2018 July Venture capital NTT Docomo establishes a JPY 20 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund III, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund III).[54]
2018 Recognition NTT Docomo manages employee health from business management standpoint and is certified “White 500” Recognition for Excellence in Health and Productivity Management.[79]
2018 November 29 Research NTT Docomo and Toyota announce successful joint control of the Toyota-developed T-HR31 humanoid robot in trials using 5G under a test environment with control from a remote location.[80]
2018 December 28 Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires Conobie, a Japanese website about parenting that provides articles and short comics about pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, and parenting.[12][81]
2019 February 4 Technology NTT Docomo announces development of the world's first 8K 3D virtual reality system for live video streaming and viewing at 60 frames per second (fps) over 5G mobile communications.[82]
2019 February 18 Recognition NTT Docomo is ranked as the leading mobile operator in the world in terms of applications for candidate standard-essential patents (SEPs) for the new fifth-generation (5G) mobile communication standard. The company is also ranked first in terms of 5G technical proposals (contributions). The rankings are based on a study conducted by Japanese firm Cyber Creative Institute Co.[83]
2019 May 29 Technology NTT Docomo, AGC Inc. and Ericsson announce having achieved the world's first 5G mobile telecommunications using an antenna embedded in synthetic fused silica glass to transmit and receive 28 GHz 5G radio signals for stable, high-speed mobile communication in buildings, vehicles and trains.[84]
2019 July 31 Product NTT Docomo announces development of an application programming interface for its docomo sky drone-operation platform and uses the API to "successfully integrate docomo sky with NEXSYS-ONE's tower maintenance platform in a joint trial, demonstrating the possibility to use drones for automated inspections and maintenance of mobile-network base-station towers."[85]
2019 Administration NTT Docomo Establishes Sales Channel Promotion Department, Security Operation Center, Web Systems Department, SE & Business Support Center, Human Resources and Development Department, and Western Branch.[6]
2019 May 17 Product NTT Docomo announces development of a drone that is propelled safely through the air with ultrasonic vibrations, which make it appropriate for concert halls and other indoor spaces.[86]
2019 May 23 Research NTT Docomo announces research in collaboration with Tohoku University, of an artificial-intelligence technology to detect periodontal disease simply by photographing a person's gums with a smartphone.[87]
2019 September 2 Technology NTT Docomo announces having joined the 5G Alliance for Connected Industries and Automation (5G-ACIA) "with the aim of further advancing the use of 5G technology in the manufacturing sector".[88]
2019 September 30 Technology NTT Docomo announces achievement of the world's first 28 GHz-band 5G mobile communications between base stations and a high-speed bullet train during experimental trials to verify further enhancement of 5G in collaboration with Central Japan Railway Company.[89]
2019 December 5 Research NTT Docomo and Kyoto University announce joint development of what is believed to be the world's first artificial intelligence-based system for inspecting bridges based on vehicle weights and structural deflection estimated from video footage.[90]
2019 December 20 Acquisition NTT Docomo announces purchase of all shares of docomo Healthcare, Inc. and make it a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Docomo.[91]
2020 January 17 Product NTT Docomo announces world's first trial of a prototype transparent dynamic metasurface using 28 GHz 5G radio signals. The prototype is a collaboration with glass manufacturing company AGC Inc.[92]
2020 July Infrastructure NTT Docomo plans to have 5G base stations in all 47 Japanese prefectures by this time.[93]
2021 Spring Infrastructure NTT Docomo plans to reach a total of 10,000 5G base stations by this time.[93]
2026 March Service shutdown NTT Docomo plans to discontinue its internet-capable mobile phone system i-mode (introduced in 1999) by this time, due to a dwindling number of users.[94]

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