As one of the largest providers of mobile networks in Japan, NTT DOCOMO was known as the pioneer of providing applications for smartphones when the company introduced a service called i-mode in 1999. The DOCOMO i-mode business model was later copied by other developed countries to provide a similar mobile service to their clients. The service provides Internet service and let users to access e-mail, surfing Internet, download files, photos, and others. Recently the company is also a leading developer of mobile payments system which is known as NFC. NTT DOCOMO is also the first network in Japan to serve the ultra-fast 4G LTE network for their mobile subscribers.
NTT DOCOMO recently announced funds of 10 billion yen ($125 million USD) which will be used to establish two new ventures. The first one is called DOCOMO Innovation Fund. The second is called DOCOMO Innovation Village. Both ventures will provide helps to accelerate building applications for smartphones and tablet computers. The first fund will focus mainly for helping startups in Japan. The second fund will be an incubation program. This program will provide supports for new startups to get resources, transfers of knowledge, accessing workspace and meeting rooms. The incubation facility will help developers and experts to exchange ideas and brain-storming.
In order to accelerate development, DOCOMO will focus only on eight areas and business models. Those include (a) content, (b) mobile payment system, (c) mobile commerce, (d) health and medical, (e) machines learning, (f) aggregation and platforms, (g) environment, and (h) mobile securities.
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