DoCoMo Sets HSUPA Date
10:10 AM -- NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) will introduce HSUPA (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) services in June, a move that will boost uplink speeds by up to 15 times above those of its current FOMA service.
DoCoMo will be the first operator in Japan to launch HSUPA. Once launched, the operator will be able to offer speeds of 7.2 Mbit/s on the downlink and 5.7 Mbit/s on the uplink.
An exact date for the launch has not been confirmed.
DoCoMo has also announced its latest earnings. For the full fiscal year ended March 31, the operator reported a 3.9 percent decrease in net income to ¥741.9 billion (US$7.64 billion) from revenues of ¥4,448 billion ($45.8 billion), down 5.6 percent from the previous year. Wireless services revenues totaled ¥3,841 billion ($39.5 billion).
Data service revenues were up about 10 percent year-on-year at ¥1,512 billion ($15.6 billion), about 40 percent of total wireless revenues. Voice revenues were down 18.7 percent at ¥2,150 billion ($22.1 billion).
The operator also announced the introduction of flat-rate data pricing plans, a series of customer satisfaction initiatives, and a green agenda.
For more information on the company's annual results and details of its other plans, check out this Wireless Watch Japan report.
— Catherine Haslam, Asia Editor, Light Reading