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NTT DoCoMo, Bunka Hoso to develop portable sound relay system.

TOKYO, Nov. 17 Kyodo

NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc. (Bunka Hoso) said Monday they have agreed to jointly develop a portable sound relay system using NTT DoCoMo's FOMA third-generation (3G) mobile phone services for practical use by next summer.

The new system enables radio stations to carry live broadcasts from moving vehicles, the two companies said.

For a radio station to relay broadcasts, it conventionally needs to staff technicians and arrange for a vehicle designed for broadcasting. But the new system enables one person to relay a broadcast as the system will be small and light, the two firms said.

Even if one person tries to broadcast from an area where radio waves do not reach, the system will provide the same sound quality as conventional radio broadcasts if the areas are within FOMA's service areas, the two said.

NTT DoCoMo began its 3G FOMA service, which offers high-speed data transmission, in October 2001.
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