NTT DoCoMo has just announced that the number of subscribers to their 3G FOMA service surpassed the 30 million mark on November 4, 2006. According to the statement, DoCoMo plans to increase the number of FOMA base stations by 1.5 times year on year by the end of the fiscal year ending March 2007 and aims to expand the coverage area for HSDPA 3.5G, which provides significantly faster speed than the current W-CDMA based data transmission, while developing more new compatible handset models.
DoCoMo attributed the rapid subscriber growth to its wide variety of services and contents taking advantage of 3G’s high speed and high capability data transmission, an expanding line-up of 3G handsets, wider coverage area and improvements in call quality. The company will also strengthen its range of 3G handsets featuring DoCoMo’s Osaifu-Keitai e-wallet services, music functions and “One-segment” digital terrestrial broadcasting. Press Release Here.