NTT Docomo plans to launch commercial LTE service in Japan on December 24th. The Japanese mobile operator was the world’s first to launch a 3G network, back in 2001. TeliaSonera in Sweden, was the world’s first to launch LTE, in December last year.
Docomo will join TeliaSonera, MetroPCS and soon Verizon Wireless as the first commercial LTE operators. At launch Docomo’s LTE service will cover Tokyo, parts of Osaka, Nagoya and a handful of other areas near these cities. It is initially limited to only major cities. The $80 USD monthly fee covers up to 5 gigabytes of data transmission.
DoCoMo says it is testing the LTE network for speed, latency, and inter-cell handover stability. The operator wants to confirm data rates of 37.5 Mbit/s on the downlink and 12.5 Mbit/s on the uplink on 5MHz frequency channels, and later maximum data rates of 75 Mbit/s on the downlink and 25 Mbit/s on the uplink in 10-MHz channels, says Light Reading.
NTT DOCOMO serves over 56 million customers in Japan, including 49 million using i-mode, the world’s most popular mobile e-mail/Internet platform, and 54 million using FOMA, the world’s original 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA.
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New Harris Interactive Survey Projects 58.8 Million Americans Now Calling Abroad and Spending $23.8 Billion Annually.
36% of Hispanic Respondents Make International Calls and Spend an Average of $46/month with over 58% Willing to Pay for International Video Calling.
One in four adults in the U.S. make international calls and spend an average of $34 a month on those calls. That’s a $1.98 billion a month industry!
The majority of callers use landlines with 42 percent using traditional phone service and 12 percent using a VoIP service. Nine percent make mobile VoIP calls using an app. About 25 percent of international callers use a computer and VoIP software to make calls. Another 20 percent use calling cards.
“The international calling industry for calling from the U.S. abroad is now estimated at a $23.8 billion market,” said Andreas Bernstrom, CEO of Rebtel. “Over the next few years we believe this will shift in a dramatic way, to low cost calling solutions on mobile phones away from the landline.”
Rebtel, of course, is focusing on the mobile VoIP side of things, but looking at the data, it is exciting news for our whole industry. Add the users making calls on regular VoIP to the users taking advantage of mobile VoIP apps and computer VoIP software and you are already seeing the many variations of VoIP being used more than traditional landline.
Source: Harris Interactive Survey.