April 2, 2014 / 7:39 PM / in 4 years

Docomo to invest about $4 billion to expand LTE network: Nikkei

(Reuters) - NTT Docomo Inc will spend more than 400 billion yen ($4 billion) this year to expand its LTE network in Japan to all regions now covered by the slower 3G service, the Nikkei said.

A man walks past the logo of Japan's biggest mobile phone operator NTT Docomo at its shop in Tokyo July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

LTE, more than five times faster than 3G, is used by about a third of Japanese mobile phone subscribers, Nikkei said.

The company plans to increase by next March its LTE base stations by 40,000 to around 100,000 -- roughly equal to its 3G service, Nikkei said.

($1 = 103.7200 Japanese Yen)

Reporting by Shubhankar Chakravorty in Bangalore

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