NTT DOCOMO Beijing Labs

Company Overview

NTT DOCOMO is a mobile communication operator engaged in world-leading research and development, and has always been a global leader in the development of mobile communication technology. As a powerful driver of innovation at DOCOMO, the vision of DOCOMO Beijing Communications Laboratories entails a 5G+AI two-pronged approach, creating a win-win situation, enriching people’s lives and driving industry innovation. Upholding the concept of continuous day-to-day improvement in innovation, we continue to embrace new challenges.

The company currently has a Wireless Technology Department(WT), an AI Technology Department(AI), a Platform Development Department(PFD), a Solution Department(SL) and a Standardization Technology Department(ST). The five research departments work together to compose movements in our 5G and AI symphonies.

  • WT

    The Wireless Technology Department is committed to cutting-edge research in wireless technologies. Its mission is to promote wireless technology innovations, so as to develop core technologies for sustainable growth of the mobile communications industry.
    As 5G mobile communications systems have been commercially used globally, the Wireless Technology Department has launched preliminary research on the next-generation 6G mobile communications systems. This will consolidate and establish DOCOMO’s global leadership position in the ICT field. 6G will provide significantly better performance compared to 5G. It will result in the deep integration of the cyber and physical worlds, and promote the sustainable development of society.
    The Wireless Technology Department is conducting research on key wireless technologies that is centered around high-frequency and ultra-wide bandwidth systems to achieve extreme performance of 6G. It involves three main technologies, namely non-orthogonal physical layer design (NOPHY), extreme multiple-input, multiple-output (Extreme MIMO), and AI-based physical layer design (iPHY).
    At the same time, the Wireless Technology Department actively participates in domestic 6G technology seminars, including IMT-2030 Promotion Group, CCSA New Wireless Technologies Working Group, FuTURE Mobile Communications Forum, Millimeter Wave, and Terahertz Alliance. This will help promote exchanges between China and Japan in new wireless technologies.

  • AI

    The AI Technology Department is dedicated to the research and development of computer vision and natural language processing technologies related to new business innovation.
    The department is focused on the application of artificial intelligence technology to research and innovation in the areas of mobile Internet and big data, and supporting new businesses and new business models through advanced technologies such as deep learning. The current work revolves around innovative research on the four levels of theory, technology, platforms and applications, and is focused on the areas of computer vision and natural language processing. It strives to generate disruptive innovations in the basic theory and key technologies of artificial intelligence, and actively promote the cross-integration of artificial intelligence technology and wireless communication networks to make computers more beneficial for humanity.

  • PFD

    The Platform Development Department is dedicated to 3GPP standardization, wireless commercial networking and services, and artificial intelligence-related platforms and systems development.
    The department develops and maintains system-level and link-level simulation platforms for wireless communication system technology research. It provides one-stop services for the pre-research evaluation of advanced technologies, advancing the standardization of key technologies and the optimized selection of pre-commercialized technology, and it provides comprehensive support for patent applications, article publication and technical reports.
    The department develops and maintains simulation platforms for new wireless services and new applications. It supports the development and innovation of big data-driven businesses and applications, and based on data mining and machine learning, provides relevant modeling, optimization and evaluation support for various business applications such as image understanding and retrieval, and natural language processing.

  • SL

    The Solution Department is committed to applying artificial intelligence (AI) technology into efficient solutions for wireless communication networks.
    With the dawn of the 5G+ era, the complexity of wireless communication networks is also increasing exponentially. The Solution Department focuses on solution design, verification and innovation of new technologies, especially AI technology, to improve network efficiency and performance.
    Its current work focuses on research into combining scheduling, channel prediction and beam management in 5G system access layer with deep learning techniques. Its goal is to significantly improve the performance and efficiency of wireless communication networks at a lower cost by introducing data-driven and algorithm-driven AI technologies.

  • ST

    The Standardization Technology Department has been deeply involved in the field of 3GPP standardization for many years. It has substantial technical experience and brilliant achievements from 4G LTE to 5G NR. DBL participated in the standardization meeting for the first time in 2006 and has contributed proposals. Henceforth, the Standardization team has continued to grow. It has been more deeply involved in the standardization work of 3GPP RAN1 since LTE Release 10, and has also contributed numerous proposals.
    It has made outstanding contributions to the successful completion of the 5G Rel-15/16 standardization by deploying 5G NR in advance, thus establishing DOCOMO’s leading position among telecommunications operators. In the 5G NR research, the Department is involved in standardization tasks such as mmWave, NR MIMO, URLLC/IIoT, IAB, channel coding, scheduling and controls, flexible duplex, NOMA, cellular vehicle networking as well as drones. With the dawn of the 5G Evolution, the Department is actively working towards the continued consolidation of core technologies on key topics of the 5G network future evolution.
    The Standardization Technology Department has always been committed to promoting beneficial technologies and views for networks and users to be in line with international standards. It has also actively supported the development of commercial networks at the headquarters. It has hundreds of international patents and essential patents for standardization in the above-mentioned sectors.

Business History

2004
  • The company started operations on March 1
    Cooperated with many universities on joint research
2005
  • Created a company system
    Established partnerships with governments, universities, and businesses
2006
  • Joined the FuTURE Mobile Communications Forum
    Convened the first Research and Development Conference
    Participated in standardization meetings for the first time and contributed proposals
2007
  • Proposals were adopted in 3GPP, 802.1v and 802.16j standards for the first time
  • Delivery of LTE-A system design tools to headquarters’ research department for the first time
2008
  • Participated in the OpenHouse exhibition at headquarters YRP for the first time.
2009
  • The company’s 5th anniversary
    Successfully developed 8×8 MIMO real-time transmission experimental platform
2010
  • Actively participated in the 3GPP standidization with contributions to MIMO, CoMP and Carrier Aggregation
  • Successfully experimented with TDD-MIMO channel heterogeneity
2011
  • Developed a high-profile reputation in China (meeting invitations, FuTURE forum, UNITeD forum awards, etc.)
2012
  • Had a total of 11 proposals approved by 3GPP
  • Delivered a system-level simulation platform to related departments within DOCOMO
  • Constructed a TDD MU-MIMO platform based on SDR
  • Designed a business prototype for mmbi
  • Carried out Sensing work
2013
  • Contributed to 3GPP on main topics (Small Cell Enhancement, 3D-MIMO, MTC, D2D, eIMTA and TDD/FDD carrier aggregation)
2014
  • The company’s 10th anniversary
  • Participated in the China National 863 Program
2015
  • Participated in the large-scale 5G joint experiment
2016
  • Signed a memorandum of cooperation with CAICT
  • Participated in the IMT2020 (5G) promotion group, and participated in the 5G trial as the only foreign operator
  • Participated in the development of specifications, add the 4.5GHz frequency in to the specifications
2017
  • Fully participated in the standardization of 5G NR Release 15 and promoted the 3GPP process on behalf of DOCOMO
  • Created AI business and expanded the Beijing Labs brand
  • Joined the IMT-2020 C-V2X working group to promote technical exchanges between China and Japan in vertical industries
  • Successfully completed the 4.9GHz spectrum joint test in the IMT-2020 test group, and promoted the integration of 5G common spectrums in Japan and China
  • Won the 2017 DOCOMO R&D Special Award
2018
  • As reported by DOCOMO on a demonstration of drone project, AI technology developed by the company was applied in the automatic analysis of captured images in this project
  • As reported by Mirai, the company assisted in the development of Chinese analysis in Mirai’s translation engine
2019
  • Celebrated the 15th anniversary of the company
  • Established the Solutions Department
  • Implemented an empirical test utilizing AI for automated summary of news articles
2020
  • DOCOMO released a white paper on 6G. The key contributions of the Beijing Labs included topics on non-orthogonal waveforms, extreme multiple-input, multiple-output (Extreme MIMO) and AI for RAN.
  • Joined the IMT-2030 Promotion Group
  • Established the Standardization Technology Department

Basic Information

Date of founding November 19, 2003 (commenced business in March 2004)
President and CEO Lan Chen
Directors Yoshio Umezawa Kozo Sakae
Supervisor Taro Ishikawa
Address 7th Floor, Tower A, Raycom Infotech Park, No. 2 Kexueyuan South Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Main Businesses Research on 5G mobile communication technology and beyond with 3GPP standardization activities, and artificial intelligence technology. Supporting the development of wireless networks and services, providing solutions, deepening cooperation with China's local enterprises and scientific research institutions.

Organizational Chart

President & CEO

  • Wireless Technology Department
    Committed to cutting-edge research in wireless technologies. Its mission is to promote wireless technology innovations, so as to develop core technologies for sustainable growth of the mobile communications industry.
  • AI Technology Department
    Committed to the research and development of computer vision and natural language processing technologies related to new business innovation. The department is focused on the application of artificial intelligence technology to research and innovation in the areas of mobile Internet and big data, and supporting new businesses and new business models through advanced technologies such as deep learning.
  • Platform Development Department
    Committed to 3GPP standardization, wireless networks and business and artificial intelligence-related platforms and system development. Development and maintenance of system-level and link-level simulation platforms for wireless communication system technology research and simulation platforms for new wireless services and applications.
  • Solution Department
    Committed to applying artificial intelligence (AI) technology into efficient solutions for wireless communication networks.
  • Standardization Technology Department
    Committed to promoting beneficial technologies and views for networks and users to be in line with international standards. It has also actively supported the development of commercial networks at the headquarters.
  • Administrative Department
    Administration, Finance, Personnel, Patents