December 19, 2003

Japanese telco to aid Linux phone development

NTT DoCoMo is planning to provide money to six cellular telephone makers to help them develop advanced handsets based on the Symbian and Linux
operating systems and high-speed data communications technology.

The company will provide a total of ¥37 billion (US$344 million) between April 2004 and March 2006 to Fujitsu, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola Japan,
NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Sharp, said Takuya Ori, a spokesman for NTT DoCoMo in Tokyo.

The money will be used towards development work on handsets that run the Symbian and Linux operating systems and are compatible with its WCDMA
(Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) based Foma service and the yet-to-be-launched HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) data communications



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