Japanese operator KDDI Corporation and trade, retail and logistics firm Sumitomo Corporation have reached an agreement with Myanma Posts & Telecommunications to jointly deliver telecoms services in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
Japanese carrier KDDI has contracted datacentre specialist Telehouse to build two datacentres in Osaka and Tokyo under a $270m project. Telehouse Osaka 2 will open in August 2015 and Telehouse Tokyo Tama 3 will open in February 2016.
A consortium of six companies has agreed to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system linking Japan with the US. It has an initial design capacity of 60Tb per second and is consequently called ‘FASTER’, despite not apparently being an acronym.
Four Asian mobile operators have teamed up to form an alliance to accelerate the adoption of NFC technology worldwide. Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom, Hong Kong’s HKT, Japan’s KDDI and SK Planet, a wholly owned subsidiary of South Korea’s SK Telecom announced the formation of the Asia NFC Alliance with the support of trade association GSMA at Mobile World Congress.
European network vendors Ericsson and Nokia Solutions and Networks have both announced new LTE customers in key Asian markets. Sweden’s Ericsson has won a supply deal with Japan’s KDDI, while NSN has a contract with China Telecom.
The European Commission is teaming up with Japanese government and industry to redefine internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data.
Norwegian operator group Telenor, through its M2M business unit Telenor Conexxions, has inked a deal with Japanese operator KDDI to provide a global M2M solution for its enterprise customers.
Japanese operator KDDI has deployed what it claims to be the “world’s first self operating 3G and 4G mobile network”. The operator chose Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to deliver the system. The operator has deployed an intelligent Self Organising Network (iSON) solution which uses NSN’s advanced NetAct Operations Support System (OSS).
In this interview with Fumio Watanabe, CTO at Japanese communications provider UQ Communications (UQC) and executive director of its parent KDDI, we hear how Japanese mobile operators are fast running out of network capacity, how KDDI is using all of its access networks to distribute its own loads, and what plans its subsidiary company UQC has to launch WiMAX 2 services.
In 2010, KDDI and Skype entered into a partnership. Skype services were offered over “au”, the
operator’s mobile broadband service brand. The integration of Skype’s platform onto KDDI’s network
allowed for a superior voice quality for users of the Skype on au service and provided a clear
differentiator for Skype’s range of IS-series Android devices launched in November 2010.
As part of our look at the Japanese LTE market and ahead of his speaking appearance at the sixth annual LTE Asia conference, we speak to Sadayuki Abeta, director of the Radio Access Network development, for leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo.
Enterprise mobility service vendor iPass has launched a zero-click mobile data offload plan it says will allow service providers to deliver wifi connectivity that functions like data roaming, automatically connecting users to preferred networks.
Korean manufacturer Samsung has announced that it has struck a deal with KDDI, Japan’s second largest operator, to supply equipment with a view to launching commercial LTE services in 2012.
Sprint has joined T-Mobile USA and AT&T on the Google carrier billing wagon, offering support for Android users who want to charge app purchases to their monthly bills. In a phased roll-out over the next few days, Sprint users will be offered a drop-down menu when purchasing apps, allowing them to choose between charging their credit card or “Bill my Sprint account.”
HTC and Japanese carrier KDDI have announced that UQ Communications, KDDI’s WiMAX services subsidiary, will distribute HTC’s EVO WiMAX smartphone from April this year. It will be Japan’s first WiMAX smartphone.
Japanese carrier KDDI has invested $22m in US financial solution provider Microfinance International Corporation. The operator said that the deal will allow the two firms to develop an open mobile payment platform that will be made available to mobile operators worldwide.
It’s been a busy summer for the LTE crowd, with the technology gaining some considerable traction among early adopters in Europe, Japan and the US, and all eyes on 2010 as the year Long Term Evolution goes commercial.
Second placed Japanese operator KDDI has tapped Motorola and NEC to build its LTE network, with an eye to launching commercial services in late 2012.
Japanese operator KDDI has teamed up with chip giant Intel, the East Japan Railway Company, kit manufacturer Kyocera, Daiwa Securities, and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, to invest in and create a joint venture to bid for a WiMAX licence in Japan. The Wireless Broadband Planning venture intends to bid for the 2.5GHz frequency band for [...]
Japanese cellco KDDI said Monday that it will launch MVNO services in the US this year, using Sprint Nextel’s network as a carrier. KDDI is reportedly planning to use its own brand on the service and is expected to target Japanese consumers living in the US. But the company will have its work cut out [...]