NTT DoCoMo to announce LTE handset prototype at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month

February 1, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

When the curtains go up for the Mobile World Congress this month at Barcelona in Spain, NTT DoCoMo will bring to the podium a prototype cellular handset that would run next-generation LTE technology. It is being rumored that NTT DoCoMo is lining up the launch of LTE data services in Japan this year itself.  If you would remember, the chip was first demonstrated in concept data cards last October. The Barcelona event will be the first time it would come embedded in a handset.

NTT DoCoMo, which is currently working with NEC, Fujitsu and Panasonic on prototype LTE data terminals and handsets, is expected to demo the prototype handset with high-definition video transmission across an LTE network. For those who came in late, LTE is a development on current 3G cellular technology and will accelerate data transmission by several times to at least 100Mbps. At the Barcelona stage, the demo will be on a prototype LTE chip that has been developed by these four companies.

Highly aggressive NTTDoCoMo is believed to be totally focused on the development of LTE development. Going by what we managed to hear, the company is pumping in close to ¥400 billion (US$4.4 billion) for the launch of the technology. This is expected to happen in the next five years time. We are indeed waiting for February 15 to dawn so that we could hear NTT DoCoMo making the announcement at Barcelona.

(Via PCWorld)

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