NTT DoCoMo raises 3G user target


NTT DoCoMo raises 3G user target

NTT DoCoMo has raised its forecast for the number of users for its third-generation mobile service and announced an increase to its overall operating revenue and net income in the first half of this year.

Operating revenue for the period from April to September rose 6.4% to ¥2.5trillion (£13.2bn) and net income jumped from just above break-even in the same period one year earlier to ¥356.4bn.

The company expected to have two million users on its 3G service, called Foma, at the end of the financial year in March 2004.

NTT DoCoMo, which earlier this month said it had attracted one million subscribers to the service, had originally forecast 1.46 million for the full year.

"This is the year we said we would focus on expansion of Foma," said Keiji Tachikawa, president and chief executive officer of NTT DoCoMo. "The number of subscribers is continuing to rise so we will upwardly revise our full-year estimate to two million."

The average revenue per subscriber from its 3G users rose to ¥10,120 (£55) per month per user during the period. For the previous financial year it was ¥7,740 per month.

Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service

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