NTT DOCOMO deploys advanced location system

NTT DOCOMO has deployed Nokia Solutions and Networks’s (NSN) advanced location system which supports Assisted Global Navigation Satellite System (A-GLONASS) positioning technology.

The technology contributes greater convenience in location positioning. In urban areas with high-rise buildings, however, it is challenging to acquire enough visible GPS satellites needed for positioning. By adopting A-GLONASS positioning technology, the number of visible GPS satellites can be supplemented with GLONASS satellites, thus improving the positioning success rate.

“Location-based services are clearly important to customers,” said Hiroshi Nakamura, managing director, Core Network Development Department at NTT DOCOMO.

“We have adopted A-GLONASS positioning so that our customers can use location- based services whenever and wherever. In future, our customers will be able to enjoy location-based services even in places where buildings are packed closely together,” added Nakamura.

“Based on the longstanding collaboration between our two companies, NSN’s sound understanding of NTT DOCOMO’s location-based service requirements has enabled us to assist in its adoption of A-GLONASS positioning technology,” said Michael Clever, vice president, Voice and IP Transformation, NSN.

“We built the A-GLONASS solution to address the increasing customer need for personalized high-accuracy positioning services, especially in densely inhabited locations. High-end positioning services also offer an opportunity for new revenue sources for operators,” added Clever.

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