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.

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.

Telehouse and DataGryd Partner in New York Data Center Market

JapanDatacenter Knowledge — Telehouse, the data center provider owned by the Japanese telecom KDDI, has joined forces with DataGryd, a wholesale data center provider with four stories in one of Manhattan’s most connected buildings, at 60 Hudson St. DataGryd is one of three wholesale data center providers in New York City that have vacant data center space to lease.

Telecoms price war: How low is too low for tariffs?, from Myanmar

MyanmarMyanmar Times — Continued downward pressure could put the speed of future investments in jeopardy, he told The Myanmar Times in an interview on September 15 during Myanmar Connect, held by Capacity Conferences in Nay Pyi Taw. “If [prices are pushed] farther down there will be question marks around the quality of service for consumers going forward and how much we will continue to invest in the market,” Mr Meza said.

Telx to Tap Into FASTER US-Asia Submarine Cable System

APACDatacenter Knowledge — Moving to give customers a more options for connecting data center facilities on the West Coast of the US with Asia, Telx announced support for a new transpacific cable system called Faster. The network of submarine cables will span the Pacific Ocean by 2016, and a Telx data center in the Pacific Northwest will be one of its termination points.

60Tbps internet cable from Asia to America will plug into Telx barn

APACThe Register — US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx’s Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic pipeline will carry up to 60Tbps of internet traffic between the two continents.

Telx Supports FASTER Cable System on West Coast of U.S. to Japan

JapanPR Newswire — NEW YORK: Telx®, a leading provider of global interconnectivity, data center solutions and cloud enablement services, today announced support for the FASTER transpacific cable system –  a submarine network that will seamlessly connect the west coast of the U.S. to major Asian cities including Chikura and Shima in Japan.

As Colocation Market Consolidates, Who Are the Market Leaders?

APACData Center journal — New Q1 data from Synergy Research Group shows the leaders in the worldwide colocation market, with Equinix generating the most colocation revenue and achieving a 9.5% market share. It is followed by Digital Realty, NTT, Verizon, CenturyLink, KDDI, Global Switch and China Telecom.

CDNetworks helps customers reach the untapped Mainland Southeast Asia market with fast, secure websites and mobile access

JapanPRNewswire — SEOUL, South Korea: CDNetworks has announced today that it has expanded its reach in Mainland Southeast Asia with a new global telecommunications business and newly established CDNetworks points of presence (PoPs) in Myanmar in partnership with its parent company KDDI Group (KDDI). CDNetworks’ PoP in Myanmar increases network coverage to 13 locations throughout Mainland South-east Asia.

Google’s 60Tbps Pacific cable will have highest-ever capacity across Pacific Ocean

APACMIS-ASIA — With bottles of bubbly and a purification ceremony, a Google-backed undersea cable was given a warm welcome on a beach in Japan last week, a critical step in building the highest capacity data link in the Pacific ever created. The 9,000-kilometer FASTER cable will have a peak capacity of 60 terabytes per second (Tbps) when it enters operation next year, joining Japan with Oregon on the West Coast of the U.S.

Digitimes Research: Japan telecom operators to differentiate smartphones with special features

JapanSmartphones launched by the top-three Japan-based telecom operators for summer 2015 are almost identical in hardware specifications, but the carriers have been trying to differentiate their products with special features, according to Digitimes Research. The three carriers, NTT DoCoMo, Softbank and KDDI au, all are selling smartphones from Sony Mobile Communications and Samsung Electronics, blurring the brand recognition.

MPT adds 8 million subscribers since July, from Myanmar

MyanmarKDDI, which on May 12 released its financial report for the fiscal year ending March 2015, stated that launching operations in Myanmar had boosted revenues for its global services segment, with the segment’s operating revenues posted at 320.6 billion yen (US $2.7 billion) – up more than 20 percent over the year prior. The company first officially entered Myanmar last July when it joined Sumitomo Corporation in setting up a subsidiary, KDDI Summit Global Myanmar (KSGM), to assist state-owned MPT in competing with then-forthcoming international telcos Ooredoo and Telenor.

MPT holds lead but telecom rivals are expanding

MyanmarQatar-based Ooredoo and Norway’s Telenor were awarded licences to operate in Myanmar in February last year. Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), formerly the country’s monopoly provider, initially struggled to keep up, but then rebounded with support from Japanese firms KDDI and Sumitomo. The two foreign providers initially made rapid inroads by gathering up the low-hanging fruit presented by urban markets. But most of the population is in rural areas, where infrastructure is weak, slowing the pace of mobile penetration, U Thar Htet, managing director of Zwenexsys company, told The Myanmar Times yesterday.

KDDI’s ‘Syn Alliance’ grows stronger as telco acquires ecommerce site Luxa

JapanIn acquiring Luxa, an ecommerce site specializing in high-end sales, KDDI has finally got its mark. The telco first invested in the startup back in 2013 for US$3.3 million. KDDI later joined forces with Luxa for its “Syn Alliance,” a collection of popular internet properties designed to form a more perfect mobile portal site last October. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

KDDI’s innovation fund tabs MistCDN and Ossia for fresh funds

JapanLast summer, KDDI launched a new US$50 million fund. Today, two more startups received funding from the Open Innovation Fund, with the announcement coming at the Japanese telco’s seventh demo day. Terms for the deals were not disclosed. Mist Technologies makes a clever browser plugin that allows browsers in a similar geographical location that are streaming the same content to share it amongst themselves. This means that slow upload times for popular content can be avoided.

Doctors, techno sports, flowers, and more take the stage in Japan at KDDI’s Demo Day

JapanJapanese telco KDDI’s accelerator program Mugen Labo just finished its seventh demo day, and the presenting companies came from a wide range of industries, some with tantalizing business models. Take a look – the winner presented a polished product, proved his stickiness with his target user, and is very likely to be heard from again.

MPT picks up speed in telecoms race, from Myanmar

After signing a partnership with Japan’s KDDI Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation, it has quickly moved to modernise its operations and launch new tariff deals. Its latest mobile plan, Swe Thahar, cuts voice and SMS prices and changes the way MPT charges customers for internet usage, from by-the-minute to by-the-megabyte.  KDDI Summit Global Myanmar (KSGM) managing director Takashi Nagashima, MPT general manager Khin Maung Tun, chief technical officer Kenichi Ono and other company officials sat down with a small panel of journalists

Lancers could have IPO’d but it raised $8.5M instead. COO Adachi explains why

Tech in Asia learned today that freelance platform service Lancers secured US$8.5 million in funding from telco KDDI, human resource firm Intelligence, gaming company Colopl, and venture capital firms Gree Ventures, Globis Capital, and GMO Venture Partners. The funding is a long-awaited counterpoint to the regular stream of positive PR coming from rival Crowdworks. Crowdworks is a more visible company in Tokyo’s startup community and is not shy about promoting itself. Since June, Crowdworks has sent out 26 press releases to Lancer’s 18.

Gree teams up with KDDI for mobile game publishing and localization

Gree is working hard at remaking its fortunes in the smartphone age. The industry giant today announced a new mobile game publishing partnership with KDDI Corporation in Japan, under which it will develop, publish, and localize games from outside of the country. KDDI – a mobile phone carrier – is best known for its mobile subscription service, au Smartpass, which allows users access to a variety of apps and games for a modest monthly fee of JPY 372, or US$3.50.

KDDI to Build New Telehouse Data Centers in Tokyo and Osaka

NEW YORK, NY — (Marketwired) — 08/27/14 — KDDI, the global telecommunications provider, announces today that it will invest $270 million (28 billion yen) investment in the building of two new Telehouse data centers, “TELEHOUSE OSAKA 2,” and “TELEHOUSE TOKYO Tama 3,” scheduled to open in August 2015 and February 2016 respectively. These additional facilities will take the total amount of global TELEHOUSE data center space to approximately 4.0 million square feet, provided by 46 sites across 13 countries/territories and 24 major cities.