Timeline of NTT Docomo
This is a timeline of NTT Docomo, a Japanese mobile telecommunication services provider.
|Time period||Development summary|
|1952–1985||Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (NTTPC) prelude era.|
|1985–1991||Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) prelude era.|
|1991 onwards||NTT Mobile Communications Network era|
|1999||NTT Docomo launches the world's first mobile Internet-services platform.|
|2010||NTT Docomo introduces one of the earliest commercial LTE services.|
|Year||Month and date||Event type||Details|
|1952||Prelude||Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (NTTPC) is founded.|
|1985||May 30||Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) launches as a privatized joint stock corporation.|
|1986||April||"April, Capital investment from FUJITSU and Hitachi Ltd./Increased capital to 499 million JPY"|
|1989||"Commenced operation of Nagoya Regional Marketing Branch/The number of employees reached 200"|
|1990||"5th Anniversary/Totals sales reached 10 billion JPY"|
|1991||"Commenced operation of Osaka Regional Marketing Branch"|
|1991||August||Founding||TT Mobile Communications Network is established as a spin-off by the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) to take over the mobile cellular operations.|
|1992||"Relocated head office to Ikebukuro from Koji-Machi, Chiyoda-Ku/The number of employees reached 300"|
|1992||July||"NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. takes over mobile communications business of the reorganizing Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)"|
|1993||March||"Launches mova 2G (800 MHz) digital cellular phone service"|
|1993||"Established Main Sales Division"|
|1994||April||"Launches CITYPHONE 1.5 GHz digital cellular phone service in urban areas."|
|1996||"Relocated the head office to Nishi-Gotanda from Ikebukuro"|
|1997||"Capital investment from NTT mobile communications network/Increased capital to 652.6 million JPY"|
|1997||March||" Launches DoPa packet-data communications service"|
|1998||"Established urban information systems division/Acquired ISO9001 accreditation"|
|1998||October 12||NTT Mobile Communications goes public on the Nikkei 225 average. The company is registered under the ticker TYO:9437.|
|1998||December||"Takes over Personal Handyphone System (PHS) business from NTT Personal Group"|
|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 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."|
|1999||"Commenced operation of XML solutions/Number of employees reached 500"|
|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."|
|2000||September||The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building opens.|
|2001||"Acquired ISO14001 accreditation /Relocated the head office to Akasaka from Nishi-Gotanda/NTT DOCOMO Inc. investment ratio increased to 100%"|
|2001||October||"Launches 3G FOMA service on fully commercialized basis"|
|2001||"FOMA, which was launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA"|
|2002||"The number of employee reached 700 /Established Operation Systems HQ, System Development Division and Service Operations Division"|
|2002||March||"Lists on London (delisted on March 2014) and New York stock exchanges"|
|2003||"Established ERP Division and Technical Center"|
|2004||"Established Mobile Network Division Security Services Division"|
|2005||December||"Launches iD credit brand"|
|2006||April||"Launches DCMX mobile credit-card service"|
|2006||October||" Since October 2006, when the introduction to the service which allows the user to carry their original phone number with a new provider was made, NTT Docomo has lost many users to KDDI and SoftBank."|
|2006||"Established Information Security Services Division"|
|2007||"Established Business Solution Headquarters,System Integration Division,Service Provider Division,System Infrastructure Division,Enterprise System Division,Information Security Department"|
|2007||October||"On October 2007, the prototype Wellness mobile phone of Japan's NTT Docomo Inc. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. was launched at CEATEC. It checks health with a motion sensor that detects body movement and measures calories, and includes a breathalyzer."|
|2007||December||"In December 2007, NTT Docomo and KT Freetel jointly invested 200 million USD for a total of 33% stake in U Mobile Malaysia."|
|2008||"From 2008, Docomo began 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."|
|2008||January 24||"On January 24, 2008, NTT Docomo announced a partnership with Google, which allowed all models after the FOMA904i models to view YouTube videos."|
|2008||February||"NTT Investment Partners, Inc. (NTT-IP), a corporate venture capital firm, was established 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||February||"NTT Docomo has more than 53 million customers (as of March 2008), which is more than half of Japan's cellular market."|
|2008||March||"Established a JPY 10 biliion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund)"|
|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 carry their original phone number with a new provider was made, NTT Docomo has lost many users to KDDI and SoftBank. This promotion was made in order to get more users for NTT Docomo."|
|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."|
|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 platform, which resulted in Symbian^2 for the Japanese market."|
|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."|
|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"|
|2009||June||"The Tata Docomo service was commercially launched in India in June 2009. "|
|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.|
|2009||December 3||NTT DoCoMo acquires net mobile AG.|
|2010||April||"Raised fund size of NTT-IP Fund to JPY 15 billion."|
|2010||"Established CliNIC Division"|
|2010||"Tata Docomo had about 32.82 million users at the end of June 2010."|
|2010||November 5||Tata Docomo becomes the first private sector telecom company to launch 3G services in India.|
|2010||December||"December 2010 Launches one of world's first LTE services, Xi (read "crossy")"|
|2011||"Established Enterprise Solution Division"|
|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."|
|2012||March||"Shifts customer base completely to 3G and LTE services"|
|2012||July||Acquisition||NTT Docomo acquires Italian company Buongiorno for 209 million euros.|
|2012||August 10||Acquisition||NTT DoCoMo acquires mobile commerce ecosystem Buongiorno for US$260 million.|
|2012||"Established Web System Division,Corporate Social Responsibility Department"|
|2013||February|| "NTT DOCOMO, INC. (DOCOMO) acquired NTT-IP aiming to strengthen cooperation with startup companies in terms of venture funding and incubatin on behalf of its parent NTT Group and changed NTT-IP’s trade name to DOCOMO Innovation Ventures, Inc. (DIV)
Established a JPY 10 billion new venture fund, DOCOMO Innovation Fund Partnership, and started operating DOCOMO’s Incubation Program"
|2013||"Enterprise Solution Division/Acquired ISO39001 accreditation"|
|2013||July||"Changed its trade name to NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc."|
|2013||August 27||Acquisition||NTT DoCoMo acquires fine trade.|
|2013||October||"Changes official name to NTT DOCOMO, INC."|
|2014||January||"Established a JPY 10 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund II, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund II)"|
|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.|
|2014||"Takes over "dDREAMS" from NTT DOCOMO Capital investment from NTT DOCOMO/Increased capital to 11.3 billion JPY"|
|2014||July||"Started operating new business co-creation program in cooperation with startup, 39works"|
|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)."|
|2015||"30th Anniversary/Established IT Security Division"|
|2015||March 27||NTT Docomo launches Premium 4G, a LTE Advanced service.|
|2016||April||"Shifted new business co-creation program 39works to NTT DOCOMO"|
|2016||NTT Docomo acquires "Kurumin", a next generation support certification logo.|
|2017||January||"Launched NTT DOCOMO Ventures' Silicon Valley branch in the United States"|
|2017||NTT Docomo acquires the highest position of "Eruboshi", based on Act to advance women's success in their working life.|
|2017||May||NTT Docomo launches 5G trial networks at Aomi, Odaiba (Tokyo Waterfront City) and the area around Tokyo Skytree.|
|2017||October||"Established a JPY 15 billion new venture fund, DOCOMO Innovation Fund II, L.P."|
|2018||NTT Docomo Establishes IoT Division, Sales Channel Promotion Division Certified as a Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500).|
|2018||NTT Docomo receives the Certification of Silver (Gin-no-Nintei).|
|2018||July||"Established a JPY 20 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund III, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund III)"|
|2018||NTT Docomo manages employee health from business management standpoint and is certified “White 500” Recognition for Excellence in Health and Productivity Management.|
|2018||December 28||Acquisition||NTT DoCoMo acquires Conobie.|
|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.|
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