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Docomo Digital Partners With Swisscom To Enable M-Commerce Payments

DOCOMO Digital partners with Swisscom

DOCOMO Digital partners with Swisscom to enable physical goods to be purchased through carrier billing.

DOCOMO Digital, the European based operation unit of NTT DOCOMO, has partnered with the leading Swiss operator Swisscom to enable physical goods to be purchased online and paid for directly onto a customer’s phone bill.

With a simple API integration, retailers of physical goods will be able now to offer Swisscom Direct Carrier Billing (Easypay) as a new payment method for customers. The first retailer that will use the solution is MediaShop Group, a leading TV and online merchant based in Austria.

Fernando González Mesones, COO of DOCOMO Digital Financial Services, comments:

Until now Direct Carrier Billing hasn’t really produced an effective way to purchase physical goods on mobile, so we are excited to partner with Swisscom to introduce this innovation. At DOCOMO Digital, we are constantly innovating to drive the evolution of mobile commerce, so working with Swisscom to provide consumers and merchants in Switzerland with a new faster, secure and innovative payment method, is a big step forward for mobile commerce in Europe. We expect this proof of concept to drive alignment in other markets for similar solutions that benefit end users, merchants and mobile operators.

Gerhard Schedler, Head of Sales Mobile Services & M2M/IoT of Swisscom, comments:

As an innovative telecom operator we welcome the opportunity to contribute to the future of mobile ecommerce. We believe that by working with the right partners, like DOCOMO Digital, all telcos can help to improve the way consumers buy digital and physical goods online. Direct Carrier Billing, as part of operators’ payment methods, is set to be a disruptor in the digital ecommerce and we fully support this initiative.

Philipp Nachbaur, CFO of MediaShop Group, says

We believe that Direct Carrier Billing has the potential to become a significant payment method in the ecommerce sector. We are excited to be the first to launch DOCOMO Digital and Swisscom’s innovative new service for merchants.

The DOCOMO Digital and Swisscom solution, powered by Loviit, DOCOMO Digital´s technical financing platform, is able to compete with any other payment methods and offers significant advantages, including:

  • One-click-to-buy and secure authentication
    DOCOMO Digital will manage the check-out flows and payment transactions, which will provide consumers with the option to purchase with one click and resulting in higher conversion rates. This function is powered by a multi-layer mobile authentication system to ensure complete security for customers.
  • Low commissions compared to other payment methods
    DOCOMO Digital’s technical financing platform performs favourably for merchants when compared to other payment methods, particularly for the commission fees.
  • Seven days settlement for the merchant
    DOCOMO Digital will also be able to settle the payments to the merchants in a few days, a key merchant requirement to enable carrier billing as a mainstream payment method, through its Loviit technical financing solutions, powered by a proprietary fraud and risk management engine.

Source: DOCOMO Digital

 

Climbers to get free Wi-Fi on Mount Fuji

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Following a raft of requests, free Internet access will be available on Mount Fuji starting July 10 in a bid to bring more overseas tourists to Japan’s highest peak.

Working with telecommunications carrier NTT Docomo Inc., Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures will set up Wi-Fi hotspots at eight locations on the mountain, including three cottages around the summit and a general management center and a resort facility at the fifth station in Yamanashi Prefecture.

The free Internet access will be available at the fifth station from July 10 through Sept. 14 and around the summit between July 10 and Sept. 10, according to the Yamanashi prefectural government.

Climbers who are extremely slow could be out of luck, however. The free Wi-Fi will be available for 72 hours from the first login.

The service will be available to all hikers, but the two prefectures are more focused on attracting climbers from overseas through e-mail and social media.

“We hope people will use the service not only to tell about the attractions of Mount Fuji to people abroad but also to obtain weather and other information to ensure their safety,” said an official at the Yamanashi prefectural government’s tourism promotion division.

Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures plan to distribute 70,000 brochures and special cards in foreign languages at the mountain’s fifth and sixth stations to show tourists the predetermined passwords and steps to access the Wi-Fi service.

According to Yamanashi prefectural officials, the number of overseas visitors to the mountain has been increasing every year. An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 foreign tourists hiked along the Yoshidaguchi course last year.

However, many climbers from the United States and Europe have said they wanted to use the Internet to share their experiences while on the mountain, the officials said.

Source: Kohei Watanabe –ajw.asahi.com

Docomo, EE and Nokia stress role of LTE on path to 5G

Nokia, EE and NTT Docomo see 5G as an evolution of 4G, with many of the proposed technology changes able to be deployed alongside existing technology implementations.

Speaking at an event in London yesterday, Phil Twist, VP of networks marketing at Nokia, noted that while work on new 5G radio technology is underway, “there are as many changes that go on inside the network as there are in the new radio interface that will become 5G”.

“Actually, if 5G is in its research stage now in terms of radio, it is well beyond the research phase in terms of the network architecture and how you would need to build networks. It does build quite a different network architecture to the ones that are in service today. Because we can see this, because we know what we need to do with this, we can start working towards this type of architecture now,” he continued.

This sentiment was echoed by Mansoor Hanif, director of radio access networks for UK LTE pioneer EE. “We can and will apply many, if not all, of the 5G innovations over 4G. We will only do it when it makes sense for our customers. I think that 99 per cent of the things you see are doable over 4G. Which ones it makes sense for our customers to bring forward, that’s the key question.”

And while NTT Docomo has established a technology leadership position through its early introduction of new technologies, Sadayuki Abeta, director of the radio access network docomodevelopment department for the Japanese operator, also noted that there are advantages to considering 5G development alongside 4G.

“Of course, we need to reduce the cost for 5G. Maybe at the beginning, we do the interworking with 4G, we have already nationwide coverage for 4G, and where we have some hotspot areas, or event areas, we can use 5G. We don’t need to deploy 5G nationwide at the beginning, we can introduce it when we want,” he said.

EE’s Hanif said that the operator’s motivation for its network evolution is to win a “global race”, but that it’s “not between us and Docomo, or us and SK Telecom”.

“There’s a global race between customer expectation and customer experience. Why is that so difficult? It’s not because we are bad at what we do, but because customer expectation is constantly rising, it keeps moving,” he said.

“What will solve that puzzle of getting ahead of customer expectation? Will it be 5G? Will it be 4G? I don’t really care, what I’m really keen on, here in the UK at least, is that we get there as soon as possible,” the executive continued.

Radio evolution
With 5G radio evolution being where much of the heavy lifting still needs to be done, Docomo’s Abeta noted that in terms of requirements for the new technology, much of the demand is an evolution of what has gone before.

“Some requirements already exist every time we upgrade, for example higher data rates, lower costs, higher spectrum efficiency. With 4G, we added lower latency. Those traditional requirements, of course, we need to improve, so we set higher requirements for 5G. But with 5G, we have new requirements,” he said.

These new needs, he continued, are related to the need to support new use cases resulting from the internet of things, which will see a massive number of devices connected to the network, with different needs in terms of latency, bandwidth and power.

But as yet, it is not clear what spectrum will be available for 5G networks. Docomo is already working on trials with multiple vendors, part of which is “trying to understand the characteristics of each band,” Abeta said.

Docomo is working with Nokia on millimetre wave pilots, using frequencies in the 70GHz band. Nokia’s Twist said: “One of the things we are looking at particularly with centimetre wave and millimetre wave, one of the reasons for going there, is because there are broad swathes of spectrum at that frequency which is not being used for other things.”

Small cells
For the UK market, EE’s Hanif said that in terms of radio technology, the first home is likely to be small cells – with the reason being somewhat prosaic.

“It’s hugely expensive to do macrocell upgrades. That will influence the way we approach 5G, because the last thing I want to do is go and swap out more antennas, speak to all the landlords, renegotiate the rights again – the kind of thing you normally do every 15 to 20 years,” he said.

“The timing is such in the UK that all the big operators are right now going through this massively difficult, painful and expensive upgrade programme. I can’t see us having the appetite to go and swap those antennas out again anytime soon,” the executive continued.

Mobile Edge Computing

EE’s Hanif EE-log-Nov-2014 was vocal in his support for Mobile Edge Computing, where computing capabilities are pushed closer to the radio access network (and, in turn, closer to subscribers), enabling low-latency and high-bandwidth access to content, applications and services.

“You’re putting the computing power and the value right where the customer needs it the most,” he said.

But as yet EE’s engagement with Mobile Edge Computing has been limited because “not all of our network is Nokia” – the vendor was an early proponent of the technology through its Liquid Applications portfolio.

“Is this going to work across our whole network? We don’t want to discriminate against our customers based on which base station they are under,” he said.

The technology has now picked-up wider industry support, with vendors such as IBM, Intel and Huawei joining Nokia, and NTT Docomo and Vodafone among the members of ETSI’s mobile edge computing working group.

Source: Steve Costello. Mobile World Live

DOCOMO to Offer Japan’s First eSIM for M2M Devices

NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, announced today it will offer Japan’s first Embedded Subscription Identity Module, or eSIM, a new type of SIM that works on mobile networks of various international operators, for M2M Devices.

DOCOMO’s eSIM, which is able to register phone numbers and other subscription-identity data of DOCOMO and other international operators in machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, such as connected automobiles, industrial equipment and many more, will be available to business customers from June 30.

Conventionally, connecting a M2M device to a local mobile network requires a SIM offered by the operator. DOCOMO’s new eSIM, however, will enable a single embedded SIM to load subscriber identities issued by multiple mobile operators. This will simplify manufacturing and inventory-management tasks over operator-specific SIMs, a major advantage for transnational M2M enterprises and solution providers. Also, subscriber identities stored in the eSIM will be interchangeable as the user moves from country to country with their M2M device, leading to enhanced operability.

DOCOMO’s eSIM will be available as a M2M solution for corporate customers using the docomo M2M Platform in Japan.

The eSIM is an emerging technology in the global M2M industry. DOCOMO, a member of GSMA, has been actively involved in the establishment of an eSIM global standard, which was officially released in December 2013. Going forward, DOCOMO is committed to offering advanced M2M services to support Japanese and international business customers.

 

Source: NTT DOCOMO

NTT Docomo models smart clothing and aims for 2014 launch

Japan’s NTT Docomo is plotting a move into smart clothing at the back end of this year – and is using Mobile Asia Expo to demonstrate how potential new products will work, the operator has told Mobile Asia Daily.

The clothes are created from material that enables bioelectrical signals to be stored and then processed in the cloud.  Docomo is looking for applications in the sports and healthcare markets to commercially exploit its work.

For instance, the clothing could record heartbeats and electrocardiograms and forward them to a system which manages the data remotely. This application opens up significant markets in the health sector such as patients with chronic ailments or the elderly. At the other end of the health spectrum, quantified self-movement is another possibility, as well as runners and other athletes.

Docomo is planning to offer services based on some of the smart clothing features within the next year, probably as soon as December 2014.

This week’s event will also see the operator demonstrating its M2M platform which is already used by several sectors, including automotive and construction.  It is also looking to branch out into other sectors.

Much M2M activity is focused on the enterprise but Docomo is also offering consumer services such as car navigation systems or pet monitoring services.

Finally, Docomo’s Mobizen service will be on show which allows users to remotely link their PCs and smartphones to transfer data and control applications. The service is designed for sales management and information distribution.

A separate demonstration of the related Smartphone Anshin Remote Support will show a screen being shared with users so that a Docomo helpdesk operator can remotely provide operational support.

Source: Richard Handford Mobile World Live

Ficosa to cooperate with NTT DOCOMO in 4G integration inside vehicles

FICOSA has announced today that the company has entered into a collaboration with NTT DOCOMO, the largest mobile operator in Japan with respect to their M2M businesses, and specially in the integration of 4G LTE services in the automotive industry mainly in Japan. It is envisaged that the important scale resulting from the cooperation of both companies will be of the utmost importance in addressing the integration of 4G capabilities inside vehicles.

More specifically, the cooperation covers joint technical approaches to enable a seamless 4G solution integrated in vehicles by means of using connectivity modules (or iVTU’s, in-Vehicle Telematic Units).

In that sense, both FICOSA and NTT DOCOMO have demonstrated in real vehicle environments that 4G connectivity is feasible by means of using Ficosa’s iVTU’s and NTT DOCOMO’s 4G network in Japan. High rates of connectivity were achieved under different scenarios, including WI-Fi HotSpot capabilities, allowing to connect several devices at the same time to Ficosa’s iVTU.

The cooperation between the two companies in this area has been of great importance, moreover when it is expected a massive deployment of Telematic systems based on 4G in coming years. FICOSA, as a Tier-1 supplier in the automotive industry, demonstrates that its iVTUs are meeting automotive standards when integrating 4G services.

FICOSA’s iVTUs have been recognized in the industry as best-in-class, being awarded with several worldwide projects for major automotive OEMs. Moreover, FICOSA’s iVTUs with 4G capabilities are miniaturized, even considering the integration of all the antennas inside the units, which is key for safety and security applications.

NTT DOCOMO’s 4G network, on the other side, demonstrated that it could provide full coverage for FICOSA’s iVTU’s installed in vehicles, which is key for a seamless integration of service and a good Quality of Service.

“By cooperating with FICOSA, the largest automotive Tier-1 supplier in Europe, we will be able to jointly develop 4G LTE based telematics by combining FICOSA’s high spec iVTUs and DOCOMO’s network technology. FICOSA is truly one of the leading companies in the industry, and we hope that we can work together to bring new services and functions that realizes a comfortable driving environment to drivers in Japan”, said Tsutomu Shindou, Executive Vice President of NTT  DOCOMO.

“4G telephony connectivity, including Wi-Fi hot spot, has continues growth on the vehicles with state-of-the-art technology. In that sense, our partnership with NTT DOCOMO, is supporting to FICOSA to implement that technology on the Japanese market with our LTE integrated antennas as part of the proof of new technologies inside telematic devices from our Company. On the other hand, FICOSA is as well working on other growing markets with the same technology such as USA where we saw a clear tendency from 3G to 4G telephony connectivity due close sunset of 2G technology”, said Josep Maria Forcadell, Director of the Advanced Communications Unit of FICOSA.

It is expected that, as a result of this joint cooperation, both companies will increase their capabilities to offer better value propositions to their respective customers in different markets and geographies.

Furthermore, both FICOSA and NTT DOCOMO will continuously cooperate with the aim of enhancing the development of new products and business cases, with a specific focus on meeting the expectations of existing and potential new global customers mainly in Japan.

 

Image source: Mercedes-Bens UK

Image source: Mercedes-Bens UK

Source: Ficosa Press Release

NTT DOCOMO to Conduct 5G Experimental Trials with World-leading Mobile Technology Vendors

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 NTT DOCOMO, INC., a personalized mobile solutions provider for smarter living, announced today that it will conduct experimental trials of emerging 5G mobile communications technologies with six world-leading mobile technology vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia and Samsung.

The parallel collaborations between DOCOMO and each of the six vendors will involve experimental trials to confirm the potential of 5G mobile technologies to exploit frequency bands above 6GHz and realize very high system capacity per unit area, and new radio technologies to support diverse types of applications including machine-to-machine (M2M) services. DOCOMO also expects to collaborate with other companies in its effort to test a wide range of 5G mobile technologies.

5G is a new-generation cellular system targeted at commercial deployment in 2020. The new system is expected to enable ultra-high-speed data transmissions at more than 10Gbps, 1,000-fold the capacity of existing LTE networks, as well as connectivity for massive numbers of devices to support the ever-expanding market of M2M services.

“5G studies are starting to gain real momentum as we point toward 2020,” said Seizo Onoe, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at DOCOMO. “I am delighted that we will collaborate on 5G experimental trials with multiple global vendors from this early stage.”

DOCOMO will begin indoor trials at the DOCOMO R&D Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture this year, to be followed by outdoor field trials planned for next year. Key findings and achievements will be shared with research institutes and at international conferences to contribute to 5G standardization, which is expected to start from 2016. Key findings also will be utilized for research aimed at incubating future advanced technologies.

DOCOMO, a world leader in mobile technology research, started studies on 5G requirements, concept and technologies as early as 2010. Going forward, DOCOMO will continue to actively research 5G to further contribute to the technical advancement and global proliferation of mobile communications.

Partner Quotes

Alcatel-Lucent

Marcus Weldon, President of Bell Labs & CTO, Alcatel-Lucent, said: “We are excited by the cooperation with DOCOMO. Our vision is that 5G systems will adapt to the user’s needs to create the ‘network of you’ and a new flexible air interface will be a key element. This air interface will couple to a flexible network infrastructure that takes full benefit from network virtualization and software-defined networking.”

Ericsson

Ulf Ewaldsson, Senior Vice President and CTO of Ericsson, said: “I’m excited about the new technologies that we are exploring in the joint trial collaboration with DOCOMO. The technologies have the potential of being key components in the industry’s movement towards networked society and 5G. The collaboration with DOCOMO is an important step towards that vision.”

Fujitsu

Hideyuki Saso, President of Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Director of Fujitsu Limited, said: “We are very pleased to be able to build a cooperative partnership with DOCOMO toward the realization of 5G, the next generation of mobile communications technology. As social infrastructure, 5G is of paramount importance to the future development and growth of society, and we see it as an essential platform for realizing our vision of a Human Centric Intelligent Society. Through experimental trials with DOCOMO, we intend to verify 5G and, going forward, contribute further to society by driving the development of IoT and Big Data.”

NEC

Shunichiro Tejima, Executive Vice President of NEC, said: “NEC is delighted to collaborate on this trial with DOCOMO for 5G mobile communication technology. We are confident that NEC will contribute to the early establishment of 5G technology by leveraging our Small Cell and SDN technology and know-how.”

Nokia

“Expanding our cooperation with DOCOMO on 5G radio technology is an important step towards defining future mobile networks,” said Hossein Moiin, Chief Technology Officer, Networks business at Nokia. “Future wireless networks will interconnect not just humans but also machines and objects, creating a vibrant overlay of virtual and physical worlds with a huge variety of use cases. Together with the industry, we need to make sure that 5G technology offers the right tenets to serve these use cases flexibly and profitably.”

Samsung

“Samsung is fully committed to the research and development of 5G technology, as evident by the recent success of our development and feasibility verification of the millimeter-wave cellular prototype,” said ChangYeong Kim, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics and Head of Digital Media & Communications (DMC) R&D Center. “As part of our ongoing efforts in the standardization and commercialization of 5G mobile communications, we are very excited to collaborate with DOCOMO and expect to see considerable synergy in the partnership.”

Details of 5G experimental trials

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About NTT DOCOMO

NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 63 million mobile 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) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. Please visit https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/ for more information.

Source: NTT Docomo