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Table: Slow 3G Rollout


10/01/01

NTT DoCoMo launches FOMA, the world's first commercial 3G service, in Tokyo; also videophone with clear but jerky images.

12/01

Service extends to Osaka and Nagoya, expanding coverage to 22% of the population; introduces i-motion video-clip service, featuring news highlights.

03/02

FOMA expands to all major cities, or 60% of the population; targeting 150,000 subscribers.

06/02

International roaming introduced, and handsets combining 2G and 3G.

03/03

Coverage extended to 90% of Japan.

03/04

Nationwide coverage begins, with as many as 6 million subscribers.

Data: NTT DoCoMo


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