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.|
|1985–1992||Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) prelude era.|
|1992 onwards||NTT Docomo era, starting with its initial name NTT Mobile Communications Network.|
|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||Capital investment from FUJITSU and Hitachi increases to 499 million JPY.|
|1989||NTT Docomo commences operation of Nagoya Regional Marketing Branch/The number of employees reached 200"|
|1990||NTT Docomo total sales reach 10 billion JPY.|
|1991||NTT Docomo commences operation of its Osaka Regional Marketing Branch.|
|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.|
|1992||NTT DoCoMo is formally established, taking over the mobile communications business of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (“NTT Group”) as part of its corporate reorganization.|
|1992||NTT DoCoMo relocates head office to Ikebukuro from Koji-Machi, Chiyoda-Ku.|
|1992||NTT DoCoMo number of employees reaches 300.|
|1992||July||NTT Mobile Communications Network assumes control of mobile communications business of the reorganizing Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT). 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.|
|1993||March||Service||NTT MCN Launches mova 2G (800 MHz) digital cellular phone service.|
|1993||July||Administration||NTT DoCoMo is reorganized into nine regional companies within Japan.|
|1993||Administration||NTT MCN establishes its Main Sales Division.|
|1994||April||Service||NTT MCN launches CITYPHONE 1.5 GHz digital cellular phone service in urban areas.|
|1996||Administration||NTT MCN relocates the head office to Nishigotanda from Ikebukuro.|
|1997||Financial||NTT MCN increases capital investment to 652.6 million JPY.|
|1997||March||Service||NTT MCN launches DoPa packet-data communications service.|
|1998||Administration||NTT MCN establishes its urban information systems division.|
|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.|
|1998||October 12||Financial||NTT MCN goes public on the Nikkei 225 average. The company is registered under the ticker TYO:9437.|
|1998||October 22||Financial||NTT MCN is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.|
|1998||December||Acquisition||NTT MCN assumes control of Personal Handyphone System (PHS) business from NTT Personal Group.|
|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.|
|1999||NTT MCN commences operation of XML solutions.|
|1999||Personnel||NTT MCN reaches 500 employees.|
|2000||April||Renaming||Around its 15th anniversary, NTT Mobile Communications Network changes official name to NTT DoCoMo.|
|2000||September||Facility||The NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building opens.|
|2000||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.|
|2001||Recognition||NTT Docomo acquires ISO14001 accreditation, the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system.|
|2001||Administration||NTT Docomo relocates the head office to Akasaka from Nishigotanda.|
|2001||Financial||NTT Docomo investment ratio increases to 100%.|
|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.|
|2002||Personnel||NTT Docomo reaches 700 employees.|
|2002||Administration||NTT Docomo establishes its Operation Systems HQ, System Development Division and Service Operations Division.|
|2002||March||Financial||NTT Docomo is listed on London (delisted on March 2014) and New York stock exchanges.|
|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.|
|2003||Administration||NTT Docomo establishes ERP Division and Technical Center.|
|2004||Administration||NTT Docomo establishes Mobile Network Division and Security Services Division.|
|2005||December||Product||NTT Docomo launches iD credit brand.|
|2006||April||Service||NTT Docomo launches DCMX mobile credit-card service.|
|2006||Administration||NTT Docomo establishes Information Security Services Division.|
|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.|
|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.|
|2007||December||Acquisition||NTT DoCoMo and KT Freetel jointly invest US$200 million for a total of 33% stake in U Mobile Malaysia.|
|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.|
|2008||January 24||Partnership||NTT DoCoMo announces a partnership with Google, which allows all models after the FOMA904i models to view YouTube videos.|
|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.|
|2008||March||NTT DoCoMo establishes a JPY 10 billion venture fund, the NTT Investment Partners Fund, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund).|
|2008||April 19||Leadership||NTT DoCoMo Ryuji Yamada is promoted as the president of NTT Docomo. Masao Nakamura stays as a director and senior adviser. |
|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.|
|2008||November||Acquisition||NTT DoCoMo acquires a 26% stake in Tata Teleservices for US$2.7 billion.|
|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.|
|2009||June||Service||The Tata Docomo service is commercially launched in India.|
|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||Acquisition||NTT Docomo acquires net mobile AG.|
|2010||April||Financial||NTT DoCoMo raises fund size of NTT-IP Fund to JPY 15 billion.|
|2010||Administration||NTT DoCoMo establishes CliNIC Division.|
|2010||June||Market||Tata Docomo reaches about 32.82 million users.|
|2010||November 5||Service||Tata Docomo becomes the first private sector telecom company to launch 3G services in India.|
|2010||December||Service||NTT DoCoMo launches one of world's first Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services, Xi (read "crossy").|
|2011||Administration||NTT DoCoMo establishes its Enterprise Solution Division.|
|2011||June||Partnership||NTT DoCoMo announces team with McAfee to provide McAfee VirusScan Mobile for its Android mobile users.|
|2012||March||Service||NTT DoCoMo 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||Administration||NTT DoCoMo establishes a Web System Division, and a Corporate Social Responsibility Department.|
|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.|
|2013||Administration||NTT DoCoMo establishes its Enterprise Solution Division.|
|2013||Recognition||NTT DoCoMo acquires ISO39001 accreditation.|
|2013||July||Renaming||NTT DoCoMo changes its trade name to NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc.|
|2013||August 27||Acquisition||NTT DoCoMo acquires Austrian e-commerce solution provider Fine Trade.|
|2013||October||Renaming||NTT DoCoMo, Inc. changes official name to NTT DOCOMO, INC.|
|2014||January||Financial||NTT DOCOMO establishes a JPY 10 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund II, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund II).|
|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.|
|2014||July||NTT Docomo starts operating new business co-creation program in cooperation with startup, 39works.|
|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).|
|2014||October||NTT DOCOMO Successfully Trials network functions virtualization NFV Using Multi-vendors' Virtualization Systems.|
|2015||Administration||NTT DOCOMO establishes its IT Security Division.|
|2015||March 27||Service||NTT DOCOMO launches Premium 4G, a LTE Advanced service.|
|2016||April||NTT DOCOMO shifts new business co-creation program 39works to NTT DOCOMO.|
|2016||NTT DOCOMO acquires "Kurumin", a next generation support certification logo.|
|2017||January||NTT DOCOMO launches its NTT DOCOMO Ventures' Silicon Valley branch in the United States.|
|2017||Acquisition||NTT DOCOMO acquires the highest position of "Eruboshi", based on Act to advance women's success in their working life.|
|2017||May||Service||NTT DOCOMO launches 5G trial networks at Aomi, Odaiba (Tokyo Waterfront City) and the area around Tokyo Skytree.|
|2017||October||NTT DOCOMO establishes a JPY 15 billion new venture fund, DOCOMO Innovation Fund II, L.P.|
|2018||Administration||NTT DOCOMO Establishes IoT Division, Sales Channel Promotion Division Certified as a Health and Productivity Management Organization (White 500).|
|2018||Recognition||NTT DOCOMO receives the Certification of Silver (Gin-no-Nintei).|
|2018||July||NTT DOCOMO establishes a JPY 20 billion venture fund, NTT Investment Partners Fund III, L.P. (NTT-IP Fund III).|
|2018||Recognition||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, a Japanese website about parenting that provides articles and short comics about pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, and parenting.|
|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.|
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