Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

NTT Docomo programme to foster IoT collaboration

Steve Rogerson
November 13, 2018

Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has launched a programme aimed at fostering collaboration among IoT providers and expanding the IoT market across Asia. Mobile operators from 15 countries in the region have expressed their intention to participate.
The programme aims to strengthen the company's IoT offering within Asia. It will enhance connectivity, operational support and consultation on certification and regulation, all of which rely on close collaboration with local mobile operators.
By participating in this programme, mobile operators will be able to acquire timely information on the Japanese and Asian markets and work closely with Docomo to meet the needs of corporate customers.
Multiple mobile operators from each Asian country are participating. Corporate customers are likely to benefit, as the programme will allow them to acquire local information and mobile connectivity relatively quickly, and will also give them the opportunity to compare the offerings of multiple mobile operators.
At the programme's kick-off meeting in Tokyo, participating mobile operators shared the status of their respective local IoT markets and highlighted the opportunities and challenges faced in the technical and business development of IoT services in Asia. Information was also exchanged between the mobile operators and a guest corporate customer.
In January this year, Docomo launched its 5G open partner programme to promote collaboration in the 5G field. The global IoT market continues to expand, and this expansion is likely to accelerate in the coming 5G era. Going forward, Docomo says it is dedicated to broadening its partnerships across Asia to support its corporate customers' own IoT business expansions.
The plan is to have biannual meetings to discuss potential and common challenges of the IoT market in Asia. These will be an opportunity to share the latest regional market trends and local IoT-related information such as regulation and certification processes to foster global expansion and explore potential business opportunities. They will also share the latest technology trends. And there will be joint sessions with corporate customers.
The countries participating in the programme are Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.