Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it has been selected by Japanese cellular market leader NTT DoCoMo to build the internet protocol (IP) network supporting the cellco’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. Alcatel-Lucent says that its IP technology will enable DoCoMo to address fast-growing demand for high speed mobile internet services such as streamed movies and music, and multi-player video gaming, in what is one of the world’s most advanced markets for mobile communications and consumer technology adoption. Under the contract Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its 7750 Service Routers, working in collaboration with local partner Fujitsu.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, DoCoMo launched commercial 4G services in December 2010 and had more than one million LTE subscribers at the end of 2011, up from 121,000 six months before. On 20 March 2012 it passed the two million subscriber milestone – doubling its 4G customer base in less than three months – and the carrier is hoping to have signed up 30 million LTE users by fiscal 2015. DoCoMo says that recent take-up has been propelled by the introduction of its first 4G-compatible smartphones in November 2011.