Russia's MTS signs up for i-mode
(CNN) -- Russia's biggest mobile phone company has signed up for the i-mode mobile Internet platform developed by Japan's NTT DoCoMo.
DoCoMo, the main Japanese mobile phone operator, said it had formed a strategic partnership with Mobile TeleSystems (MTS).
It said MTS plans to introduce i-mode in Russia by December 2005.
As well, it said MTS and DoCoMo will work to bring i-mode services to countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), including the Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Belarus.
The agreement with MTS marks DoCoMo's 12th tie-up for the i-mode service, which it introduced in Japan in 1999.
There are i-mode services in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan and the UK.
The i-mode technology allows the system's 45 million subscribers to use e-mail and other applications, and gives them access to about 6,100 official content sites.
Shares in NTT DoCoMo are down 1 percent to 188,000 yen at midday Monday, compared with a slight rise for the broader market.