SEOUL, South Korea KTF Co. of South Korean and Japan's NTT Docomo have launched a joint committee to boost cooperation on delivering 3G mobile communications services in both countries.
KTF, the No. 2 Korean mobile service carrier, said Friday (March 31) that it and Japan’s top mobile carrier have launched a Business and Technology Cooperation Committee. It will be led by six senior executives representing both companies.
Five subcommittees will focus on: wideband CDMA networks; global roaming services; handset and platform technology; joint development of new services; and R&D and standardization.
The committee stems from an agreement last December to cooperate on W-CDMA network and other telecommunications technology development, KTF said.
NTT Docomo began offering W-CDMA service in 2001 and currently claims 58 percent of the Japanese mobile telecommunications market.
W-CDMA services have so far failed to attract much attention here since KTF introduced the service in 2003.
KTF claims nearly 12.5 million registered customers for it mobiles services in South Korea, which translates into a market share of more than 30 percent. SK Telecom which holds about half the Korean mobile market.