Japan’s mobile operator NTT DoCoMo (see separate report) licensed KPN Mobile to use i-mode technology in November 2001 and KPN began testing i-mode services in the Netherlands the following month. KPN aims to repeat in the Netherlands the success that NTT has had with i-mode in Japan, and thereby help reduce its own debt burden (estimated at €22.3 billion). For information relating to i-mode in Japan, see: Japan – Wireless Communications.
The licence deal between KPN and DoCoMo saw the Japanese company provide KPN Mobile with the intellectual property rights, service know-how and technologies to launch i-mode-like services over KPN Mobile’s GPRS and 3G networks. The contract runs until January 2012 and applies to KPN’s operations in the Netherlands, as well as in Belgium (KPN Orange) and Germany (E-Plus).
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