Equinix takes fourth place in Japanese data centre market with buy

JapanData Center News — Equinix has completed its acquisition of 97% of the equity interests of Japan’s Bit-isle, creating the fourth largest data centre operator in Japan. Equinix, which announced its intention to acquire the Japanese data centre operator, is using the acquisition to expand its data centre footprint and support growing demand for interconnection throughout Asia Pacific. The acquisition was done through Equinix’s Japanese subsidiary and provides Equinix with six more data centres in Japan.


NTT Communications Extends its Leadership as the Top Wholesale IP Provider in Asia

JapanBusiness Wire — NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the global data and IP services arm of Fortune Global 500 telecom leader NTT, today announced its participation as a Platinum Sponsor at the Capacity Asia 2015 Conference taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, 30 November to 2 December. Capacity Asia is one of the leading events for the wholesale IP service industry in the region.


Ericsson Signs 5G R&D Collaboration With KDDI

JapanTeleanalysis — Ericsson today announced a 5G research and development collaboration with KDDI, a leading telecommunications operator based in Tokyo, Japan. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop a joint understanding of 5G use cases, requirements and deployment scenarios, as well as evaluate performance and applicability of potential 5G key technology components. The areas of interest for the companies include radio and core technologies.


Korea, China and Japan’s telco operators partner on 5G

APACMetering — South Korean telecoms operator KT announced that its chairman Hwang Chang-kyu met the CEOs of China’s state-owned telecommunication company China Mobile and NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s operator, to discuss ways in which the three operators could promote their cooperation in the 5G sector, reports The Korea Herald. The Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement (SCFA) meeting took place in Shizuoka, Japan, and was attended by CEOs and executives of the telecoms companies.


DoCoMo launches network consulting services

JapanTelecom Asia — Japan’s NTT DoCoMo will today commence providing mobile network consulting services to overseas mobile operators, starting with an arrangement in the Philippines. The operator has been contracted to provide network consulting services to Smart Communications, focused on improving and optimizing radio network quality in capital city Manila.


NTT Com teases green data center expansion, from HK

Hong KongTelecom Asia — NTT Communications’s upcoming Hong Kong data center expansion will use an innovative cooling system design capable of improving energy efficiency by 20% over traditional cooling systems. The tier-4 ready Financial Data Center Tower 2 (FDC2) facility will launch in December, adding an additional 4,000 racks of server space to the Financial Data Center facility.


NTT Communications Positioned as a “Leader” in Gartner 2015 Report: “Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia/Pacific”

JapanBusiness Wire — NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today it has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, Asia/Pacific” (Magic Quadrant) report*1 published by Gartner Inc. in November 2015, based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision.


Toshiba to face $57 million fine: Nikkei

JapanTimes of India — TOKYO: Japan’s securities watchdog is likely to recommend Toshiba be fined about 7 billion yen ($57 million), a source familiar with the matter said, in what would be a record in the country for accounting-related violations. The recommended fine would exceed the previous record of 1.6 billion yen paid by industrial conglomerate IHI Corp in 2008. But critics have said the amount is still light compared with what could be levied by US regulators in a similar case.


Inside the SXSW of Japan: Myojo Waraku

JapanVenture BeatMyojo Waraku is an annual festival taking place in Japan’s western city of Fukuoka with a flavor of America’s South by South West (SXSW) festival, showcasing prominent startups and awesome digital media and music performers from the land of the rising sun. The first edition took place in 2011, followed by holding the festival’s global versions in Taipei and London.


Fujitsu starts field trial of congestion-mitigation project in Singapore

SingaporeEnterprise Innovation — Singapore has started testing a technology aimed at reducing congestion around major events, stadiums, and shopping centers. Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. uses a smartphone application that, based on the expected congestion when people return home from major events, proposes behavior or how to spend time best suited to the user, and then verifies the results.


NTT Com, PLDT partner on data center services

PhilippinesTelecom Asia — Japan’s NTT Communications has arranged to extend its data center business in the Philippines via a new partnership with local operator PLDT. The companies agreed on a collaborative partnership to provide NTT Com’s Nexcenter solutions in the Philippines and promote cross-selling. Under the agreement, Philippines corporations with international operations will be able to use NTT Com’s Nexcenter services at some 140 locations in 84 cities of 19 countries, in addition to its Arcstar Universal One private-network service, which is already available in the Philippines, the companies said in a statement.


NTT Communications to expand India data center operations

IndiaNikkei — MUMBAI: Japan’s NTT Communications will invest about 20 billion yen ($160 million) over the next three years in data center projects in India. The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone unit recently opened a data center in Mumbai, its ninth in India and one of the biggest in the country. “Indian customers are starting to recognize the value of our services offered around the world,” said Tetsuya Shoji, NTT Communications president and CEO, who was in India for the center’s opening.


KDDI: 16 million users for MPT

MyanmarMyanmar Times — The parent to MPT joint venture partner KDDI Summit Global Myanmar said Myanmar’s state operator has boosted its user base by 250 percent since the firms teamed up last July. With a 16-million-strong user base the state-owned incumbent leads Myanmar’s race for mobile users. However, with Telenor’s subscriber tally coming in at just under 12 million late last month, its long-held first-place ranking could be at risk.


Equinix Closes Bit-isle Deal, Expands Japan Data Center Footprint

JapanDatacenter Knowledge — Equinix has completed its acquisition of Japanese data center provider Bit-isle, adding five data centers in Tokyo and one in Osaka to its existing footprint in both cities, the Redwood City, California-based company announced today. Equinix has acquired about 97 percent of equity interests in the Japanese provider, expecting to buy the rest by the end of the year. The company first announced the deal in September, saying it had made an offer for $280 million.


Fuji Xerox introduces data center services for Singapore businesses

SingaporeNetworks Asia — Fuji Xerox Singapore Pte Ltd has introduced its latest Data Center Services for businesses in Singapore. Equipped with tight security surveillance, network monitoring and helpdesk support, Fuji Xerox Singapore’s Data Center Services are customized and comprehensively packaged for businesses of all sizes. Fuji Xerox’s customers are able to fully utilize Tier-3 Data Center facilities, which are designed to meet the emerging need of businesses for industry-specific solutions and cloud-based IT infrastructures.


Toyota’s $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows it wants to become a software maker

JapanBusiness Insider — Toyota wants to be more than just the world’s largest automaker — and its $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows its ambition to turn itself into one of the world’s largest software developers. On Friday, Toyota announced that it would be investing $1 billion over the next five years to build Toyota Research Institute, a new company based in Silicon Valley, near Stanford University, focused on artifical intelligence and robotics.


NTT Global Forum in Hong Kong to Showcase Innovative Technologies that Drive Digital Transformation

Hong KongBusiness Wire — HONG KONG: NTT Communications Corporation of NTT Group will host the NTT Global Forum on December 10, 2015 at the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Mr. Tetsuya Shoji, the new President and CEO of NTT Communications, will join a special guest analyst from Forrester Research, as well as global enterprises’ CIOs to discuss the latest IT trends and technologies that will help enterprises define and deploy the optimal strategies for their digitalization journey.


Japanese technology boosts telecommunication

MyanmarMyanmar, which is one of the last underdeveloped telecommunication markets in Asia, lags behind its neighbours in Southeast Asia. Only few people have access to fixed telephone lines here. Since the first Internet connections were established in 2000, Internet services in Myanmar still remain slow and unstable. Faults due to construction work causes frequent connection failure and are often not repaired.


NTT Communications Extends Tier-1 Global IP Network to Marseille, France

JapanBUSINESS WIRE — TOKYO & PARIS: NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the global data and IP services arm of Fortune Global 500 telecom leader NTT Group announced today that it will expand its Tier-1 Global IP Network with a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Marseille, France. Marseille is the interconnection point for eight international subsea cables that link Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.


Rapid growth signals strength of OpenStack community in Japan

JapanSuperuser OpenStack — Akihiro Hasegawa, one of the Japanese user group organizers shares how much the community has grown and identifies progress and goals for the local OpenStack community in the upcoming year.