NTT DoCoMo to open 4G research lab in China

NTT DoCoMo will open a telecommunication research and development laboratory later this year in Beijing.

NTT DoCoMo will open a telecommunication research and development laboratory later this year in Beijing.

The lab will concentrate on research of 4G (fourth-generation) wireless mobile systems.

It will become DoCoMo's second lab to focus on such research after the company's main research and development laboratory at the Yokosuka Research Park near Tokyo.

4G wireless systems are expected to be able to transmit data at speeds far higher than those available on the 3G systems already being rolled out in several countries around the world.

While 3G services currently offer up to 384Kbps or 2.4Mbps depending on the technology, rates of around 100Mbps are being talked about for 4G services.

At its Yokosuka research labs, NTT DoCoMo has already achieved such a speed over a short range indoors and is now working on increasing the range and taking the system outdoors.

Launch of 4G services is anticipated to be sometime around 2010.

A wholly-owned subsidiary, DoCoMo Communications Laboratories Bejiing will be established and capitalised at $5.3m (£3.4m) to operate the centre.

Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service

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