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NSN takes NTT Docomo to a new level with location-based services


Tokyo, Japan

Subscriber experience benefits from enhanced positioning accuracy

Nokia Solutions and Networks provides NTT DOCOMO, INC. with its Advanced Location System which supports Assisted Global Navigation Satellite System* (A-GLONASS) positioning technology, thus contributing to even greater convenience in location positioning.

As the number of smartphone users continues to grow, demand for location-based services such as navigation, local information services and advertisements, concierge services and check-in applications is also on the rise. In urban areas with high-rise buildings, however, it is challenging to acquire enough visible GPS satellites needed for positioning. By adopting A-GLONASS positioning technology, the number of visible GPS satellites can be supplemented with GLONASS satellites, thus improving the positioning success rate.

“Location-based services are clearly important to customers,” said Hiroshi Nakamura, Managing Director of Core Network Development Department at NTT DOCOMO. “We have adopted A-GLONASS positioning so that our customers can use location- based services whenever and wherever. In future, our customers will be able to enjoy location-based services even in places where buildings are packed closely together.”

“Based on the longstanding collaboration between our two companies, NSN’s sound understanding of NTT DOCOMO’s location-based service requirements has enabled us to assist in its adoption of A-GLONASS positioning technology,” said Michael Clever, vice president, Voice and IP Transformation at NSN. “We built the A-GLONASS solution to address the increasing customer need for personalized high-accuracy positioning services, especially in densely inhabited locations. High-end positioning services also offer an opportunity for new revenue sources for operators.”

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* Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) is a satellite navigation system operated by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces that consists of 24 satellites. It has similar global coverage as Global Positioning System (GPS) maintained by the United States government, which consists of 32 satellites. These two satellite positioning systems complement each other to provide accurate satellite positioning.


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