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NTT DoCoMo in advanced talks with local cellular startups

Japanese cellular Internet firm recently signed strategic alliance with Evergreen

The world's leading cellular Internet services provider NTT DoCoMo is in advanced talks with several local cellular communications startups and fixed wireless access companies.

The Japanese company is considering using Israeli technology on its cellular network.

NTT DoCoMo is part of NTT, Japan's biggest communications company.

NTT DoCoMo this month signed a strategic alliance with venture capital fund Evergreen to expose the Japanese company to technology developed by Israeli hi-tech companies.

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NTT DoCoMo is among the Japanese companies with the highest market cap. The company provides services to 40 million subscribers. Some 30 million subscribers use i-mode cellular Internet services 34 months after their launch. NTT DoCoMo is the first company in the world providing 3G services. The 3G network called FOMA (freedom of multimedia access), was launched in October last year. Some 34,000 subscribers joined the service by the end of January this year. The network provides fast-Internet services, and enables transmitting multimedia to a color mobile phone monitor.