Timeline of NTT Docomo

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This is a timeline of NTT Docomo, a Japanese mobile telecommunication services provider.

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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.[1]
2010 NTT Docomo introduces one of the earliest commercial LTE services.[1]

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Year Month and date Event type Details
1952 Prelude Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (NTTPC) is founded.[2]
1985 May 30 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) launches as a privatized joint stock corporation.[2][3]
1986 April "April, Capital investment from FUJITSU and Hitachi Ltd./Increased capital to 499 million JPY"[3]
1989 "Commenced operation of Nagoya Regional Marketing Branch/The number of employees reached 200"[3]
1990 "5th Anniversary/Totals sales reached 10 billion JPY"[3]
1991 "Commenced operation of Osaka Regional Marketing Branch"[3]
1991 August Founding NTT Mobile Communications Network is established as a spin-off by the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) to take over the mobile cellular operations.[4][5][6]
1992 "Relocated head office to Ikebukuro from Koji-Machi, Chiyoda-Ku/The number of employees reached 300"[3]
1992 July NTT Mobile Communications Network assumes control of mobile communications business of the reorganizing Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT).[7]
1993 March Service NTT MCN Launches mova 2G (800 MHz) digital cellular phone service.[7]
1993 NTT MCN establishes its Main Sales Division.[3]
1994 April Service NTT MCN launches CITYPHONE 1.5 GHz digital cellular phone service in urban areas.[7]
1996 NTT MCN relocates the head office to Nishigotanda from Ikebukuro.[3]
1997 Financial NTT MCN increases capital investment to 652.6 million JPY.[3]
1997 March Service NTT MCN launches DoPa packet-data communications service.[7]
1998 NTT MCN establishes its urban information systems division.[3]
1998 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.[8][3]
1998 October 12 Financial NTT MCN goes public on the Nikkei 225 average.[9] The company is registered under the ticker TYO:9437.[6]
1998 December NTT MCN assumes control of Personal Handyphone System (PHS) business from NTT Personal Group.[7]
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.[10]
1999 NTT MCN commences operation of XML solutions.[3]
1999 NTT MCN reaches 500 employees.[3]
2000 April Around its 15th anniversary, NTT Mobile Communications Network changes official name to NTT DoCoMo.[7][3]
2000 September The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building opens.
2001 NTT Docomo acquires ISO14001 accreditation[3], the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system.[11]
2001 NTT Docomo relocates the head office to Akasaka from Nishigotanda.
2001 Financial NTT Docomo investment ratio increases to 100%.[3]
2001 October NTT Docomo launches 3G FOMA service on fully commercialized basis.[7]
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"[3]
2002 March "Lists on London (delisted on March 2014) and New York stock exchanges"[7]
2003 "Established ERP Division and Technical Center"[3]
2004 "Established Mobile Network Division Security Services Division"[3]
2005 December "Launches iD credit brand"[7]
2006 April "Launches DCMX mobile credit-card service"[7]
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"[3]
2007 "Established Business Solution Headquarters,System Integration Division,Service Provider Division,System Infrastructure Division,Enterprise System Division,Information Security Department"[3]
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."[12]
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."[13]
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."[14][15]
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."[16]
2008 March "Established a JPY 10 biliion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund)"[16]
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."[17]
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."[18]
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"[3]
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.[6]
2009 December 3 NTT DoCoMo acquires net mobile AG.[6]
2010 April "Raised fund size of NTT-IP Fund to JPY 15 billion."[16]
2010 "Established CliNIC Division"[3]
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")"[7]
2011 "Established Enterprise Solution Division"[3]
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."[19]
2012 March "Shifts customer base completely to 3G and LTE services"[7]
2012 July Acquisition NTT Docomo acquires Italian company Buongiorno for 209 million euros.[20]
2012 August 10 Acquisition NTT DoCoMo acquires mobile commerce ecosystem Buongiorno for US$260 million.[6]
2012 "Established Web System Division,Corporate Social Responsibility Department"[3]
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"[16]

2013 "Enterprise Solution Division/Acquired ISO39001 accreditation"[3]
2013 July "Changed its trade name to NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc."[16]
2013 August 27 Acquisition NTT DoCoMo acquires fine trade.[6]
2013 October "Changes official name to NTT DOCOMO, INC."[7]
2014 January "Established a JPY 10 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund II, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund II)"[16]
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.[3]
2014 "Takes over "dDREAMS" from NTT DOCOMO Capital investment from NTT DOCOMO/Increased capital to 11.3 billion JPY"[3]
2014 July "Started operating new business co-creation program in cooperation with startup, 39works"[16]
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)."[21]
2015 "30th Anniversary/Established IT Security Division"[3]
2015 March 27 NTT Docomo launches Premium 4G, a LTE Advanced service.
2016 April "Shifted new business co-creation program 39works to NTT DOCOMO"[16]
2016 NTT Docomo acquires "Kurumin", a next generation support certification logo.[3]
2017 January "Launched NTT DOCOMO Ventures' Silicon Valley branch in the United States"[16]
2017 NTT Docomo acquires the highest position of "Eruboshi", based on Act to advance women's success in their working life.[3]
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."[16]
2018 NTT Docomo Establishes IoT Division, Sales Channel Promotion Division Certified as a Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500).[3]
2018 NTT Docomo receives the Certification of Silver (Gin-no-Nintei).[3]
2018 July "Established a JPY 20 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund III, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund III)"[16]
2018 NTT Docomo manages employee health from business management standpoint and is certified “White 500” Recognition for Excellence in Health and Productivity Management.[22]
2018 December 28 Acquisition NTT DoCoMo acquires Conobie.[6]
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.[3]

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