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Russia's MTS signs up for i-mode

Along with its i-mode technology, DoCoMo has the FOMA high-speed mobile service.
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(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.

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