NTT DoCoMo, Inc. reported that Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. announced the release of DoCoMo’s i-mode service to the Italian market today. Italy marks the eighth market for i-mode service, which is already available in Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Belgium, France, and Spain. Wind is Italy’s third largest mobile telecom company, with approximately 10 million subscribers.
DoCoMo concluded a licensing agreement in June 2003 to provide Wind with patents, technologies and know-how necessary to launch the i-mode service. DoCoMo has also played a major role in helping Wind to establish close ties with content providers and equipment vendors, which is essential in order to build a strong foundation for the i-mode service. DoCoMo sees great potential for i-mode growth in Italy, which is a major European market for mobile communications with its population of nearly 58 million people. Continue >>