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NTT Docomo's 5G strategy takes shape with mixed reality deal

Japanese mobile carrier invests $280m in Magic Leap, highlighting race to lock in content partners

Japanese mobile carrier NTT Docomo plans to roll out commercial 5G services in the spring of 2020.

TOKYO -- NTT Docomo on Friday said it was investing $280 million in U.S. mixed reality headset maker Magic Leap, in a sign of how Japan's largest mobile carrier is racing to lock in content partners as the country enters the age of superfast internet.

Docomo, Japan's largest mobile carrier, obtained regulatory approval to roll out fifth-generation networks earlier this month and plans to launch commercial services in spring 2020. The investment into Magic Leap reveals its 5G strategy: taking a slice of the online subscriptions and services currently paid to content platforms like Netflix and Amazon.

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