NTT DoCoMo announced it will be offering LTE and FOMA (i.e. 3G) mobile services at the summit and along the trails of Mt. Fuji, as well as free Wi-Fi in mountain huts, during the mountain’s 2017 climbing period.
This is the result of separate agreements DoCoMo has signed with Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures to share information and collaborate in improving the comms environment and services for foreign climbers, including non-DoCoMo customers. Free Wi-Fi with enhanced WPA security in the mountain huts, for example, will ensure that foreign climbers have access to a communications environment that is easy and safe to use.
From July 10 through mid-August, DoCoMo customers will have access to LTE-Advanced, with data speeds up to 682 Mbps at the mountain’s summit and 450 Mbps at the base and along trails – an increase from 337.5 Mbps last year.
The free Wi-Fi service in all mountain huts will be available from July 10 to September 10.
Meanwhile, to assist foreign climbers who may suddenly fall ill while climbing, the cellco will trial a real-time video communication interpretation service at a number of stations on the mountain. The service, available in English, Chinese and Korean, will provide foreign climbers with access to interpreters specializing in medical terminology.
This service will be in addition to DoCoMo’s regular 24-hour interpretation service offered nationwide, which supports the same three languages, plus Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese and Russian.