The ‘Premium 4G’ service of NTT DoCoMo has reached in 976 cities across Japan, according to a company presentation. NTT Docomo’s Premium 4G service offers a downlink speed of up to 225 megabits per second using LTE-Advanced technology. The downlink speed is of up to 300 Mbps using more advanced LTE-A in selected areas.
Besides the above, the Japanese telecom player also provides a 200 Mbps LTE service in 44 cities across Japan. “We’re adding carrier aggregation using the 3.5 GHz band. This will allow us to provide 270 Mbps speed,” a company executive said. NTT DoCoMo offers the service using a combination of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1.5 GHz, 1.7 GHz and 2 GHz bands.
In its first-quarter revenue report, NTT Docomo claimed 38.67 million LTE subscribers, a 25.8% increase when compared to the same period last year. The operator ended March with 138,100 LTE base stations across Japan, up from 97,400 base stations the previous year.
Among these, 22,800 LTE base stations support its Premium 4G service. NTT Docomo’s Premium 4G service span across the main urban areas, office districts, exhibition centers, sports venues and theme parks. The company’s capital expenditures for its full fiscal year totaled 595 billion yen ($5.6 billion).