NTT Docomo Inc. is the predominant mobile phone operator in Japan. The name is an abbreviation of the phrase, "do communications over the mobile network", is from a compound word dokomo, meaning "everywhere" in Japanese. Docomo provides phone, video phone, i-mode, mail services; the company's headquarters are in the Sanno Park Tower, Nagatachō, Tokyo. Docomo was spun off from Nippon Telegraph and Telephone in August 1991 to take over the mobile cellular operations, it provides 3G W-CDMA services and 4G LTE services. Its businesses included PHS, satellite. Docomo ceased offering a PHS service on January 7, 2008. NTT Docomo is a subsidiary of Japan's incumbent telephone operator, NTT; the majority of NTT Docomo's shares are owned by NTT. While some NTT shares are publicly traded, control of the company by Japanese interests is guaranteed by the number of shares available to buyers, it provides wireless voice and data communications to subscribers in Japan. NTT Docomo is the creator of W-CDMA technology as well as mobile i-mode service.
NTT Docomo has more than 53 million customers, more than half of Japan's cellular market. The company provides a wide variety of mobile multimedia services; these include i-mode which provides e-mail and internet access to over 50 million subscribers, FOMA, launched in 2001 as the world's first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA, Xi, a 4G LTE mobile service, launched on December 24, 2010, Premium 4G, a LTE Advanced service, launched on March 27, 2015. In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific and Europe. NTT Docomo is listed on the Tokyo and New York stock exchanges. On April 19, 2008, it was announced that Ryuji Yamada, the current co-president of NTT Docomo, will be promoted as the president of NTT Docomo in June 2008. Masao Nakamura will stay in NTT Docomo as a director and the senior adviser. Since October 2006, when the introduction to the service which allows the user to carry their original phone number with a new provider was made, NTT Docomo has lost many users to KDDI and SoftBank.
This promotion was made in order to get more users for NTT Docomo. The company was the last major global mobile carrier to offer Apple's iPhone, which it did with the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c; this has been cited as one of the reasons for the steady stream of its customers switching for competing networks. In June 2011, the company announced that they were teaming up with McAfee to provide McAfee VirusScan Mobile for its Android mobile users. In July 2012, NTT Docomo acquired Italy's Buongiorno in a deal worth 209 million euros. In October 2007, the prototype Wellness mobile phone of Japan's NTT Docomo Inc. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. was launched at CEATEC. It checks health with a motion sensor that detects body movement and measures calories, includes a breathalyzer. On January 24, 2008, NTT Docomo announced a partnership with Google, which allowed all models after the FOMA904i models to view YouTube videos. In May 2017, NTT Docomo launched 5G trial networks at Aomi and the area around Tokyo Skytree.
NTT Docomo targets a commercial launch of its 5G network in the year 2020, making Japan among the first countries in the world to launch 5G. NTT Docomo was a founding member of the Symbian Foundation. From 2008, Docomo began offering a service called the "Area Mail Disaster Information Service" which broadcasts Earthquake Early Warning messages produced by the Japan Meteorological Agency to its subscribers with compatible handsets; this service is provided free of charge and messages are limited to those areas affected by each particular alert. These alerts have a unique ring tone so they can be distinguished from incoming calls or messages. From 2014, under Civil Protection Law of Japan, Docomo began offering a service called the "Area Mail Disaster and Evacuation Information Service" which broadcasts J-Alert messages produced by the Japan Fire and Disaster Management Agency to its subscribers with compatible handsets; the message is broadcast when the military threat is imminent, volcanic eruptions, or approaching tsunami.
The company's mascot is Docomodake, a mushroom, quite a celebrity in Japan. He is the hero of a Nintendo DS puzzle and platforming video game, Boing! Docomodake DS on 2007 and 2009, he has a wide variety of merchandising such as cell phone straps and plush dolls. As one type of advertising method, there are many types of Docomodakes such as mother and father, which symbolizes the plans that NTT Docomo offers. Emoji, a pictographic language being adopted around the world was first created by NTT DoCoMo; the first emoji was created in 1998 or 1999 by Shigetaka Kurita, part of the team working on NTT DoCoMo's i-mode mobile Internet platform. The first set of 176 12×12 pixel emoji was created as part of i-mode's messaging features to help facilitate electronic communication, to serve as a distinguishing feature from other services. NTT Docomo has a wide range of foreign investments. However, NTT Docomo was not successful in investing in foreign carriers. Docomo had invested ve
Miguel Ángel Gómez López, known as Miguel Ángel, is a Spanish footballer who plays for Albacete Balompié as a forward. Born in Casas-Ibáñez, Castile-La Mancha, Miguel Ángel represented UD Albacer as a youth. In 2017 he joined Albacete Balompié, being loaned to Tercera División side UD Almansa for the season. Miguel Ángel made his senior debut on 20 August 2017, starting and scoring a brace in a 2–1 home win against CD Villacañas. On 20 December, he was recalled by his parent club, was assigned to the reserves in the fourth division. Miguel Ángel made his professional debut on 2 March 2019, coming on as a late substitute for Néstor Susaeta in a 0–1 away loss against Cádiz CF for the Segunda División championship. Miguel Ángel at BDFutbol Miguel Ángel at La Preferente Miguel Ángel at Soccerway
The 1993 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Spa-Francorchamps on 29 August 1993. It was the twelfth round of the 1993 Formula One season. Damon Hill scored a second successive victory. Alain Prost was leading the race and looked set to win, but a miscommunication during his second pitstop cost him time and he dropped behind Hill and Michael Schumacher. Williams's 1–3 finish clinched the Constructors' Championship for the team. Lotus driver Alessandro Zanardi was withdrawn from the meeting following a huge crash in Friday practice, which ended his season. In the race itself, his team-mate Johnny Herbert scored the final points for Team Lotus with his 5th position. Local driver Thierry Boutsen retired from Formula One following the race. In Belgium, the grid was similar to Hungary with Williamses 1–2 in qualifying, Prost taking pole ahead of Hill, Alesi and Suzuki. At the start, Senna got ahead of both Schumacher and Alesi with Alesi getting by Schumacher; the order at the end of lap 1 was: Prost, Hill, Alesi and Suzuki.
Alesi retired with suspension troubles on lap 4, releasing Schumacher. Schumacher set off after Senna and overtook him on the grass during the first round of pitstops; the first stops did not change anything, with Prost leading from Hill and Senna. Suzuki was a distant fifth until his gearbox failed on lap 15. Prost had a slow second stop. Schumacher overtook Prost to claim second. Prost smashed the lap record on lap 41 in his chase of Schumacher, but he found out that he was just a tenth quicker and settled for third. Hill won, wrapping up the Constructors Championship for Williams with Schumacher and Prost close behind. Senna was a lonely fourth, while Herbert and Patrese, who spun after his pitstop, took the final points. Herbert's 2 points for 5th place would turn out to be the last points finish for a Team Lotus driver. Thus, with three-quarters of the season gone, Prost was a full 28 points ahead and could sense the championship, having 81 points to Senna's 53. Hill was third with 48, Schumacher was fourth with 42, Patrese was fifth with 18, Brundle was sixth with 11, Herbert was seventh with 11 and Blundell was eighth with 10.
In the Constructors Championship, Williams were World Champions with 129 points ahead of Benetton who were second with 60, McLaren close behind in third with 56 and Ligier fourth with 21 – their best performance in some years. Bold text indicates. Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings. Henry, Alan. AUTOCOURSE 1993–94. Hazleton Publishing. ISBN 1-874557-15-2