DOCOMO Innovations specializes in the mobile telecommunications industry. Our dynamic teams work together to foster collaboration between our Japanese headquarters and domestic organizations, create business development opportunities with start-ups, and conduct next generation mobile network infrastructure research.

Business Development and Investment Group

We help the best and most innovative startups in the US to enter the Japanese market with a leading technology and distribution partner.

The business development and investment group works with innovative startups to structure a commercial deal with NTT DOCOMO headquarters. To support a commercial deal, we provide strategic investment concurrently or for a future commercial collaboration. Our mission is to help startups enter or accelerate growth in the Japanese market. Our team of professionals will make relevant introductions and help structure the commercial deal, as well as the investment deal, if appropriate.

Open Service Innovation Group

Open Service Innovation Group develops and operates commercial services using Cloud Computing and Big Data technologies in the US and Japanese markets. In addition to applied research, development, deployment and operations of services, the group actively promotes, markets and sells services in the US market. As an Open Innovation team, we actively pursue business development and partnership opportunities.

The team consists of scientists, engineers, product management, sales and business development staff. The core technology focus is in the areas of Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Distributed and Cloud Computing, Cognitive Intelligence and Service Development. Our goal is to develop new technologies and discover efficient and feasible commercialization opportunities through service and business innovation in the open internet era.

Through collaboration with stakeholders at Docomo the team ensures that the provided solutions have direct and measurable impact to Docomo business.

The team provides expertise in these areas to Business Development and Investment Groups to evaluate technology of future business partners and potential investment targets.

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Product Planning & Strategy Group

The next opportunity for the Japanese market, the next product, the next partner, the next strategy, the next innovation, the next technology… the Product Planning & Strategy Group is always looking for who or what is next.

DOCOMO Innovations’ Product Planning & Strategy Group (PPSG) is driving business focus innovation through smartphone and tablet products for NTT DOCOMO. We have three missions:

- Creation: creating software and products strategy for the Japanese market,

- Operation: operating day-to-day, innovative activities related to mobile products, and

- Innovation: to realize the strategy as products through operation and collaboration with a variety of partners in the U.S.

The group here at DOCOMO Innovations, Inc. in Palo Alto is working closely with NTT DOCOMO HQ in Tokyo, Japan. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in working with us!

Mobile Network Technology Group

Our research team’s challenge is to investigate essential and fundamental technologies that will meet future telecommunications traffic demands in 2020.

Our group consists of two teams, wireless and network, and works closely with DOCOMO Japan as part of the larger worldwide DOCOMO effort investigating various aspects of future mobile network systems. The wireless research team focuses on both improvements to LTE and "Future Radio Access" defined by the evolution of current systems. The network research team investigates new architectural concepts and paradigms that transcend all IP and mobile convergence. Both teams are also working on cloud architecture from mobile and wireless aspects. We maintain a strong track record of academic publication, and participate in international standards, such as 3GPP and IEEE.