NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and Hutchison
Telecom Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecom International
Limited jointly announced a strategic partnership has been formed to bring i-mode services to Hong Kong and Macau exclusively.
DoCoMo will provide the technology, know-how and marketing expertise to
the partnership, enabling Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong to offer i-mode
services via its territory-wide networks. In addition, the parties have
also agreed within the scope of this long-term partnership to jointly
consider the application of contactless IC card technology services,
widely known as wallet-phone in Japan on i-mode enabled handsets in Hong
Kong and Macau.
With these revolutionary services, Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong’s
customers will enjoy another exciting dimension of mobile service,
including easy access to a broad variety of Internet lifestyle options,
fun and convenient content as well as full e-mail capabilities.
The i-mode platform allows service providers to readily integrate their
Internet content and applications for mobile i-mode usage. Since its
launch, i-mode has brought more than five thousand official sites
offering thousands of relevant services worldwide, to life.
Additionally, there are more than one hundred thousand independent
i-mode sites available in Japan, creating an entire generation of i-mode
enthusiasts in the country.
Commenting on the partnership, Dennis Lui, Chief Executive Officer of
Hutchison Telecom said, “We are delighted by this partnership. In
addition to providing cutting-edge services for our customers, it
consolidates our position as Hong Kong’s most forward-looking mobile
operator, as we continue to lead innovative developments in the mobile
industry and seek to shape the communications market into the future.”
NTT DoCoMo Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Multimedia
Services, Takeshi Natsuno commented, “I am very pleased and excited that
i-mode will be offered in Hong Kong and Macau through one of the world’s
leading telecommunication companies Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong’s solid
networks. We are confident that this strategic partnership will bring
multiple synergies for both companies as well as other member operators.
We are also proud to announce our common strategy in bringing our
wallet-phone experience from Japan to the region. This new partnership
will certainly drive further expansion of i-mode in the global arena.”
The i-mode service is provided on an open platform based on de facto
Internet standards. This functionality has attracted numerous content
and application providers, creating a vibrant and virtual market place
where thousands of sites serve the mobile needs of diverse customer
“With its proven business model and unique service platform, i-mode
creates an open gateway for content providers. They will be able to
immediately tap into the vast potential of one of the largest mobile
customer bases in Hong Kong supported by one of the most advanced mobile
networks in the world. We will work with content providers to spearhead
the next generation of mobile Internet development in Hong Kong.” Mr Lui
With the signing of this agreement, there will be 16 i-mode operators in
24 countries and areas around the world. In addition to DoCoMo in Japan,
they include: KPN Mobile N. V. (The Netherlands), BASE N.V./S.A.
(Belgium), E-plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), Far EasTone
Telecommunication Co., Ltd (Taiwan), Bouygues Telecom S. A. (France),
Telefonica Moviles Espana, S. A. (Spain), Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA
(Italy), COSMOTE Mobile Telecommunications S.A. (Greece), Telstra
Corporation Limited (Australia), Cellcom Israel LTD. (Israel), O2 plc
(UK and Ireland), Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (Russia) and StarHub Ltd.
(Singapore). SMART Communications, Inc. is currently also preparing to
launch the service in the Philippines.
For further details, or anyone wishing to find out how they can make
their applications or services available on i-mode and Hutchison Telecom
Hong Kong’s advanced mobile network, please email [email protected]
*The strategic partnership refers to the Integrated i-mode Service
Package Agreement entered into between DoCoMo and Hutchison Telephone
Company Limited (a direct subsidiary of Hutchison Telecom) dated 1 June
About Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited
Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited (‘Hutchison
Telecom’ or ‘the Group’) is a leading global provider of
telecommunication services. The Group currently offers mobile and
fixed-line telecommunication services in Hong Kong, and operates or is
rolling out mobile telecommunication services in Macau, India, Israel,
Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Indonesia and Vietnam. It was the first
provider of 3G mobile services in Hong Kong and Israel and operates
brands including “Hutch”, “3” and “Orange”.
Hutchison Telecom is a listed company with American Depositary
Shares quoted on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker HTX and
shares listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong under the stock code
2332. A member of the Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa Group, Hutchison
Telecom is dedicated to providing superior telecommunications services
in dynamic markets. For more information about Hutchison Telecom, see
About Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited
Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited (“Hutchison
Telecom Hong Kong”) is one of the largest mobile telecommunication
service operators in Hong Kong. Since 1983, it has always been a pioneer
in the development of mobile telecommunication deploying multiple mobile
technologies including 1G AMPS/ TACS, 2G GSM/ CDMA and 2.5G GPRS/ IS95B
in Hong Kong.
Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong is committed to providing high quality
mobile telecommunication services, telecom retail services and call
centre services in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as mobile
telecommunications consultancy services in Mainland China. It is also
the first operator in Hong Kong to roll out world-class 3G service under
the “3” brand, leading Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong’s technical and
service excellence into the 3G era.
Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong is a subsidiary of Hutchison
Telecommunications International Limited (“Hutchison Telecom”).
Hutchison Telecom is a leading listed telecommunications operator
(SEHK:2332; NYSE:HTX) focusing on dynamic markets. It currently offers
mobile and fixed-line telecommunication services in Hong Kong, and
operates or is rolling out mobile telecommunication services in India,
Israel, Macau, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Indonesia and Vietnam. For
more information about Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong, see www.three.com.hk.
About NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo is the world’s leading mobile communications company.
DoCoMo serves more than 51 million subscribers, including an unmatched
24 million people subscribing to FOMA?, launched as the world’s first 3G
mobile service based on W-CDMA in 2001. DoCoMo also offers a wide
variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services, including i-mode?,
the world’s most popular mobile e-mail/Internet service, used by more
than 46 million people. With the addition of credit-card and other
e-wallet functions, DoCoMo mobile phones have become highly versatile
tools for daily life. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London
(NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges.
For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.com.