DoCoMo, Cellcom Team

Companies form an exclusive strategic partnership under which Cellcom will launch i-mode in Israel

November 8, 2004

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TOKYO and TEL AVIV -- NTT DoCoMo, Inc., Japan's leading mobile communications provider, and Cellcom Israel LTD., the leading telecommunications operator in Israel, today announced they have formed an exclusive strategic partnership under which Cellcom will launch i-mode® in Israel.

Signed today, the agreement licenses Cellcom to offer the i-mode service with DoCoMo providing its brand, technology and patents.

"i-mode" is a mobile internet service that provides subscribers with access to rich content, e-mail, games and other applications and services through their mobile handsets. i-mode is leading the world in mobile internet innovation with over 42 million subscribers and more than 80,000 content sites in Japan.

Dr Yitzhak Peterburg, president and CEO of Cellcom: "This is indeed a great day for the Israeli communication market and Cellcom in particular. Cellcom's alliance with the cellular giant NTT DoCoMo reflects more than anything else the trust this multinational giant has in the Israeli market. Japan's communication market is known as the most advanced one in the world, and I am convinced that the launch of i-mode in Cellcom will generate interest in Israel on the part of the Japanese market and a quantum step here."

Peterburg added: "Cellcom's partnership with NTT DoCoMo will open before the Israelis a rich new world of content, one that is easy to work with and is suitable for everyone. Cellcom's subscribers will benefit from an abundance of modern, advanced handsets not seen before in this country, having been designed in particular for the rich world of i-mode services".

Peterburg again: "We expect that the ease of operation and the massive supply of content developed in particular for i-mode users will greatly enhance the consumption of content services. Cellcom will cooperate with local and international content providers; our own content company will manage the i-mode content services in addition to those it provides today."

NTT DoCoMo Managing Director of Multimedia Services, Takeshi Natsuno commented: "I am very pleased to initiate a partnership with Cellcom, which holds the top market share in mobile communications in Israel. This new partnership will certainly drive further expansion of i-mode in the global arena."

NTT DoCoMo Inc.

Cellcom Israel Ltd.

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