NTT DoCoMo strengthen ties with map provider Zenrin

NTT DoCoMo strengthen ties with map provider Zenrin
NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and ZENRIN DataCom Co., LTD. announced last week they have agreed to form business and capital alliances to provide advanced map and navigation services for mobile phones. Involved in the business alliance will be ZENRIN Co., LTD. - parent company of ZENRIN DataCom and Japan's leading publisher of maps. The capital alliance will see DoCoMo take a 10.27% stake in ZENRIN DataCom.

The partners plan to develop advanced map services by combining DataCom's map content and application technologies with DoCoMo's cutting-edge mobile handsets. DoCoMo will provide a utilitarian search platform that will be integrated with highly functional mobile navigation services to be developed by DataCom. The services will be linked to parent ZENRIN's extensive cartographic database.

DoCoMo already uses Zenrin map data for for its navigation application (navi i-appli), its family locator (imadoco) and its phone finder (Keitai-Osagashi).

Monday, June 11th 2007

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