Hutchison Whampoa Limited and NTT DoCoMo, Inc. today announced that the two companies have agreed on further details regarding the agreement they concluded on 23 April, 2003 to cooperate on the development and promotion of third-generation services, based on W-CDMA technology.
According to the terms of the agreement, Hutchison Whampoa and NTT DoCoMo will collaborate on the following areas:
Share information on handset development and determine common specifications for handsets.
Concentrate on development of global third-generation standards through 3GPP and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA).
Align standards, to test and implement seamless international voice and data roaming.
Conduct joint studies of each party's approach to radio network development and deployment.
Hutchison Whampoa Group Managing Director Canning Fok said, "We are very pleased to be extending our close partnership with NTT DoCoMo. Through this closer collaboration, we are aiming to strengthen our ability to influence the future of the mobile communications industry. These agreements are based on clear business deliverables, common goals and are for the mutual benefit of both businesses."
NTT DoCoMo Senior Executive Vice President Shiro Tsuda said, "It is significant that NTT DoCoMo and Hutchison 3G, the world's leading operators of W-CDMA-based 3G services, kick off their collaborative efforts for the further development of 3G."