Remember iMode? How it was going to be the data networking protocol of the future? Remember where that started?
Yep – NTT DoCoMo.
The 3G network standard that wasn’t compatible with any of the other 3G network standards, but that NTT DoCoMo still has in operation?
Well both are still going strong underpinning 2G and 3G data services in Japan, even though the rest of the world looked on and shrugged. Just these names alone are enough to remind us that NTT DoCoMo is not afraid to innovate on its own when it comes to network technology. With up to 50% mobile market share, and until very recently fierce control of its handset suppliers, if it wanted to make something happen it had the scale and muscle to do so.