No. of Docomo's Xi LTE subscribers tops 10 million

TOKYO —

NTT Docomo said Friday that subscribers to Xi, its extra-high-speed LTE mobile service offering a maximum downlink of 100 Mbps, surpassed 10 million on Feb 18.

Subscriptions to Xi have been growing rapidly since its launch as one of the world’s first commercial LTE services on Dec 24, 2010. Subscribers reached one million in December 2011 and then quickly topped five million in August 2012. Docomo supports its LTE customers with a wide variety of advanced devices, including 32 smartphones, six tablets and seven data terminals so far.

Docomo said it will continue to expand LTE coverage and raise data transmission speeds, including by making the 112.5 Mbps downlink available in 22 cities by March and more than 50 cities by June. LTE base stations offering a 75 Mbps downlink, double the current speed in many locations, will amount to 4,000 by March and then jump to 10,000 by June. Docomo also plans to introduce a 150 Mbps downlink service before March 2014.

  • 1

    888naff

    very new in other countries though!!

    10 mil subscribers they would dream of in some other g7 countries. To boot though in those other g7 coutries they have concerns of interference with the existing digital terrestrial tv service that isn't even HD, yes that's a premium and rare service on DVB-T.

    Well what is nothing new is that Japan have a function first (not cost) based solution: ISDB-T in for digital terrestrial tv that is the most immune system for interference and can be received whilst traveling at higher speeds than the europen or us systems and they we even have some spare spectrum for one seg mobile phone tv access

    yeah nothing new spudman, japan has it nailed....

  • 3

    sourpuss

    Been using my xperia z (LTE) for the past 10 days, and have to say I'm very satisfied. Generally very fast connections, and the phone is awesome. I'm sure the iphone 5 is a great setup, but with what i've got now, i don't need it.

  • 3

    theResident

    @888naff: Excellent comment..unlike spudman who in all fairness is probably a Softbank subscriber. The point is, DoCoMo's LTE service works well and is incredibly stable. I can only echo your comments that other countries can only dream of this outside big cities at present. Sure, not carrying the iphone has cost DoCoMo, but they also stuck to their guns when Apple refused to let them make any modifications to the phones such as including a built in Felica card. I predict in 2 years that DoCoMo will be carrying the iphone and people will return. In any case, Apple have got to come out with something very special after what was a dissapointing iphone 5.....and before I am accused of being anti Apple I am typing this on my ipad. Its the best product in its class. The Galaxy 3 is the best smartphone and DoCoMo are the best provider in Japan. Simple.

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    billyshears

    Is there an LTE download limit with docomo? With AU and Softbank, after downloading 7GB on LTE, the download speeds revert to the very slow 3G type (not even normal Wi-Fi speeds) for the rest of the month. No problem for a phone, I guess, but as a Wi-Fi connection (and tethering) for tablets and PCs, a 7GB download limit is not enough for some.

  • 1

    spudman

    DoCoMo subscriber here,: LTE Xi is not pegged to a fixed plan like AU and Softbank, so no limit but you pay for every packet you use. Hold on a few months, the rumor is that DoCoMO and Apple are close to an agreement. Not having the iphone is hurting DoCoMo a lot more than they will admit. BTW LTE isn't available in rural areas, just like other countries. Try driving outside of the Kanto and LTE kicks in and out all the time.

  • 1

    billyshears

    Thanks spudman. However, that must work out comparatively expensive and in effect you can do the same with AU by opting to pay for more 4g once you have gone over the limit. but those pay-by-the-packet plans can be dangerously expensive for the monetarily challenged. And yes, I have some friends with brand new iphones who are paying about 7,000 yen a month for the LTE plan but can only receive 3g in the areas where they live and work.

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    sighclops

    Not mentioned... Docomo is losing 40,000+ subscribers / month to Softbank and AU for... you guessed it... the iPhone. They'll come around eventually - they have no choice.

  • -1

    theResident

    @sighclopd: not mentioned? Please read my comment.

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    Elbuda Mexicano

    One of my students here in TOKYO just got a new fancy Docomo LTE and, she says it SUCKS!! Even here in TOKYO she can not get good reception in her building, so folks do not believe everything you read, word of mouth sometimes really does count!

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