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
1992 NTT Mobile Communications Network, Inc. starts operations,
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 TT 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, Inc. takes over mobile communications business of the reorganizing Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT)"[7]
1993 March "Launches mova 2G (800 MHz) digital cellular phone service"[7]
1993 "Established Main Sales Division"[3]
1994 April "Launches CITYPHONE 1.5 GHz digital cellular phone service in urban areas."[7]
1996 "Relocated the head office to Nishi-Gotanda from Ikebukuro"[3]
1997 "Capital investment from NTT mobile communications network/Increased capital to 652.6 million JPY"[3]
1997 March " Launches DoPa packet-data communications service"[7]
1998 "Established urban information systems division/Acquired ISO9001 accreditation"[3]
1998 October 12 NTT Mobile Communications goes public on the Nikkei 225 average.[8] The company is registered under the ticker TYO:9437.[6]
1998 December "Takes over Personal Handyphone System (PHS) business from NTT Personal Group"[7]
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."[9]
1999 "Commenced operation of XML solutions/Number of employees reached 500"[3]
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."[7][3]
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%"[3]
2001 October "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."[10]
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."[11]
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."[12][13]
2008 March "NTT Docomo has more than 53 million customers (as of March 2008), which is more than half of Japan's cellular market."
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."[14]
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."[15]
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 "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."[16]
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.[17]
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 "Enterprise Solution Division/Acquired ISO39001 accreditation"[3]
2013 July "Changed its trade name to NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc."[18]
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)"[18]
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"[18]
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)."[19]
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"[18]
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"[18]
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."[18]
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)"[18]
2018 NTT Docomo manages employee health from business management standpoint and is certified “White 500” Recognition for Excellence in Health and Productivity Management.[20]
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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