Japanese Handset Vendors To Benefit From iMode Export

It’s interesting to observe how DoCoMo’s risky investments in foreign carriers will ultimately benefit the Japanese export market, even as the investments have lost much value for DoCoMo. Specific beneficiaries of DoCoMo’s largesse are iMode equipment and solution providers, who now have ripe markets to which they can export their products and services. DoCoMo has seeded iMode into the US, Holland, Spain, France, and other countries. Now, terminal manufacturer NEC, who left the US market two years ago, is planning a return to this market with a iMode DoJa (DoCoMo Java) terminal. An entire iMode trickle-down economy will follow iMode: Japanese system integrators, application developers, games, content, etc.

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