DOCOMO Communications Laboratories Europe GmbH (DOCOMO Euro-Labs), based in Munich, is being strategically refined to become the European center of competence for core network standardization. This is supposed to happen as part of the global optimization of NTT DOCOMO’s research and development activities.
The core network technologies will play a decisive future role in 5G use cases, e.g. enhanced mobile broadband, massive machine-type communication and ultra-reliable and low-latency communications. Core Network standardization forms the basis to ensure compatibilities among technological solutions from different companies. DOCOMO Euro-Labs represents the interests of the Japanese mobile communication operator NTT DOCOMO.
Although 5G use cases require new technologies for both core network and wireless, the plan is that, in the future, DOCOMO Euro-Labs shall focus on the core network standardization in line with the global optimization of NTT DOCOMO’s research and development activities. As part of the realignment, the current plan is that activities of DOCOMO Euro-Labs in the areas of wireless technologies as well as technology investigation and scouting shall be discontinued in Germany. In the coming months, DOCOMO Euro-Labs will be working together with the Works Council to implement the planned measures and to draw up a social plan for developing socially acceptable solutions for the effected employees over the medium term.