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AT&T Wireless and NTT DoCoMo Outline Plans To Deploy W-CDMA Services
Posted: 26-Dec-2002 [Source: NTT DoCoMo press release]

[The first US markets where AT&T will deploy its W-CDMA service include San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas and San Diego. Commercial launch is set for December 2004.]

Tokyo -- NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. today announced the four major U.S. markets in which AT&T Wireless commits to first deploy and launch W-CDMA. This will be the first deployment of true 3G wireless data services based on W-CDMA Technology in North America. Commercial launch in the four U.S. markets is planned by the end of December 2004 in San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas and San Diego.

NTT DoCoMo and AT&T Wireless also agreed to form a special committee ("Technology Committee") of the AT&T Wireless' Board of Directors to oversee the results of the four-city launch and make recommendations to the full Board about the scope and timing of future W-CDMA rollouts. An NTT DoCoMo representative will be included in this committee. In addition, reflecting the strong partnership and continuing close working relations between the two companies, a second DoCoMo representative will be appointed to the AT&T Wireless Board of Directors and it was agreed that NTT DoCoMo will be consulted ("Consultation Right") on various strategic issues.

Based on today's agreement, the Investor Agreement signed in December 2000, which includes the clause that AT&T Wireless plans to launch 3G services based on W-CDMA technology in 13 of the top 50 wireless markets by June 30 2004, has been amended to reflect the W-CDMA deployment plans outlined in today's announcement. NTT DoCoMo will strengthen its support for AT&T Wireless' commercial 3G deployments in the U.S. In this November, prior to the launch at the end of 2004, the companies have jointly established a 3G demonstration room in the AT&T Wireless office in New York where visitors can experience W-CDMA's many advanced features.


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