In order to research and promote the advancement of mobile communication technologies for fourth-generation (4G) and beyond, NTT DoCoMo of Japan will establish a wholly owned subsidiary - DoCoMo Communications Laboratories Beijing Co. Capitalized at US$5.3 M, it will be set up by the end of 2003.

China has aggressively committed to 4G research and development, and is expected to evolve the requisite new standards.

Therefore, DoCoMo expects the laboratory to promote advanced mobile communications technology in both China and Japan in line with the joint statement issued at the People's Republic of China-Japan-Republic of Korea Information and Telecommunication Ministerial Meeting held last September.