DOCOMO to Phase Out its WIDESTAR Satellite Phone Service
Satellite services to be offered through WIDESTAR II platform
TOKYO, JAPAN - NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it will terminate its WIDESTAR® mobile satellite services for Type 1 (land) and Type 2 (maritime) satellite phones, including telephone card-based public satellite phone services, and broadcasting on March 31, 2014. Prior to this, credit-based public satellite phone services will conclude on March 29, 2013, while satellite packet communication services* will end on March 31, 2012.
The WIDESTAR satellite phone and broadcasting service, which provides voice and packet communication services throughout the country and up to 200 nautical miles off the coast via two geostationary satellites in orbit over Japan, will be replaced by DOCOMO’s WIDESTAR II service launched on April 12, 2010 on which the company has decided to focus its operational resources.
New registrations for WIDESTAR services will close on Friday, September 30, 2011.
WIDESTAR II services, including Type 1 and 2 satellite phone, broadcasting and simplified public satellite phone services, will continue to be offered as normal.
*Including rentals of the WIDESTAR Duo.
(Attachment 1) New Registration Deadline and Service Termination Dates: http://www.nttdocomo.com/pr/files/20110803_attachment01.pdf
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO is a world-leading mobile operator and growing provider of comprehensive services centered on mobility. The company serves over 58 million customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide 3G network and one of the world’s first commercial LTE networks. Leveraging its unique capabilities as a mobile operator, DOCOMO is a leading developer of cutting-edge technologies for NFC mobile payments, mobile GPS, mobile TV, intuitive mobile assistance, environmental monitoring, smart grids and much more. Overseas, the company provides technical and operational expertise to eight mobile operators and other partner companies. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit www.nttdocomo.com for more information.
“WIDESTAR” is a trademark or registered trademark of NTT DOCOMO, INC. in Japan and/or other countries.
NTT DOCOMO’s “WIDESTAR” service is only available to subscribers in Japan.
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