What happens when you put two of the world's most technologically advanced wireless operators -- Japan's NTT DoCoMo and South Korea's KT -- in the same room with the largest operator in the world, China Mobile? We don't know, but we're going to find out... and something tells us it's going to be awesome. DoCoMo broke the news this week that the three titans of industry have formed a "business collaboration" designed to "provide mobile customers with new experiences and greater convenience in the rapidly growing regional market of Northeast Asia." They specifically say that they'll be eying "international roaming, enterprise services, LTE and other network technologies, smartphones and common platforms" -- and whenever we hear "partnership" and "roaming" in the same sentence, we can't help but wonder whether it could be extremely good news for customers traveling among the carriers involved. Follow the break for the press release.

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DOCOMO, China Mobile and KT Form Business Collaboration

TOKYO, JAPAN, January 19, 2010 --- NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it established a broad-based business tie-up with China's largest mobile operator, China Mobile Communication Corporation, and leading South Korean telecom operator KT Corporation on January 18.

Through the collaboration, DOCOMO aims to provide mobile customers with new experiences and greater convenience in the rapidly growing regional market of Northeast Asia, where increasing international cooperation is creating opportunities for new business development.

A business cooperation committee to be set up by the three companies will consider opportunities for collaboration, particularly in view of dramatic changes occurring in the mobile market, including the further globalization of corporate activities and the sharply rising popularity of smartphones. Specific areas to be looked at include international roaming, enterprise services, LTE and other network technologies, smartphones and common platforms.

About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO is the world's leading mobile operator and provider of advanced mobile services. The company serves over 57 million customers in Japan, including 48 million using i-mode™, the world's most popular mobile e-mail/Internet platform, and 55 million using FOMA™, the world's original 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA. As a leader in the development of cutting-edge mobile technologies, DOCOMO is continually expanding the role of mobile phones as versatile and highly personalized "lifestyle tools" for everyday life, including with a wide range of innovative services for mobile payments, GPS, mobile TV, multimedia content and much more. NTT DOCOMO is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM) and New York (DCM) stock exchanges. For more information, visit www.nttdocomo.com.