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DOCOMO ranked world's top mobile operator in 5G SEP applications

February 18, 2019 / IT Brief Australia

NTT DOCOMO has been ranked the world's leading mobile operator in terms of applications for candidate standard-essential patents (SEPs) for the new fifth-generation (5G) mobile communication standard, and also number one in terms of 5G technical proposals (contributions).  The rankings are based on a study conducted by Cyber Creative Institute who research information and communication technology regarding intellectual property rights. The results of the study, "Application trend of ETSI standard-essential patent (5G-SEP) candidates contributing to the realisation of 5G and proposal trend of contributions for standards," were announced on February 6. DOCOMO also was ranked sixth in 5G SEP applications among all companies in all fields. DOCOMO has applied for some 1,400 candidate 5G SEPs and submitted some 3,700 5G-related contributions to the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a collaborative initiative undertaken by telecommunications standards associations.