New Renault sponsorship confirmed

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The Renault F1 team has now officially confirmed the signature of a long-term partnership agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Inc., the Japanese market-leader in mobile communications and a service provider of i-mode, for 2004 and beyond.Earlier on, we reported that there were rumours about this, and this turned out to be the case. i-mode will therefore be present on the 2004 renault challenger.

NTT DoCoMo, Inc. is the Japanese market-leader in mobile communications and a service provider of i-mode, for 2004 and beyond. Their i-mode system is the world’s most popular platform for mobile e-mail and internet access. In addition to serving over 40 million mobile phone users in Japan, i-mode is available in Taiwan, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and, next year, will be brought to market in Greece.

Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Chairman Patrick Faure commented:
“We are delighted to welcome i-mode as a partner of the Renault F1 Team. Communications and mobility are at the core of i-mode’s business, and also critical factors for Renault and its Formula 1 operation. We are a perfect fit, and look forward to a successful future together.”

Managing Director Flavio Briatore added:
“Renault had a fantastic season in 2003, and this new partnership is proof of a strong team and a healthy sport. We will be making another step forward in performance next year, and it is a pleasure to be taking that step in partnership with i-mode.”

Keii-chi Enoki, Executive Vice President, managing director of NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode Business Division, commented:
“We are delighted to become a partner of the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team. This relationship is a tremendous opportunity to enhance awareness of our world-leading i-mode brand in F1 markets around the globe.”

NTT DoCoMo is the world’s leading mobile communications company with more than 47 million customers. The company provides a wide variety of leading-edge mobile multimedia services. These include i-mode, the world’s most popular mobile internet service, which provides e-mail and internet access to over 40 million subscribers, and FOMA, launched in 2001 as the world’s first 3G mobile service based on W-CDMA.
In addition to wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe and North and South America, the company is expanding its global reach through strategic alliances with mobile and multimedia service providers in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North and South America. NTT DoCoMo is listed on the Tokyo (9437), London (NDCM), and New York (DCM) stock exchanges.