DoCoMo raises 3G target

DoCoMo has revised its subscription target for its Foma third-generation telephone service by 20% to the end of March, having met...

DoCoMo has revised its subscription target for its Foma third-generation telephone service by 20% to the end of March, having met its previous target early.

"When we announced our mid-term results we revised the target to two million," said DoCoMo senior executive vice president Shiro Tsuda. "But the number of subscriptions has been increasing steadily, so on 29 January the total number exceeded two million, therefore we have decided to further increase it to 2.4 million."

The revised target is good news forDoCoMo's 3G service, which originally missed subscriber targets for the service and faced criticism from users over its 3G handsets and network coverage area.

Subscriptions began taking off around a year ago when a number of new handsets were released that solved many of the problems, such as short battery life, and the company increased the speed of its network build-out.

The company's latest range of 3G handsets, the 900i series, will be launched later this week, followed by handsets from Sharp, Mitsubishi, Panasonic and NEC later this month and next month.

For the third quarter, users of the 3G service spent on average £63 a month, of which £36 was on voice service and around £17 on packet data service including I-mode wireless internet.

This is roughly in line with results announced three months ago for the first six months of the financial year and is well above that for the company's second-generation service. On its 2G network, users spent on average £40 a month, of which £10 was on data service.

Martyn Williams writes for IDG News service

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