Fujitsu and KDDI Leverage 5G Technologies in Partnership to Solve Social Problems
- Fujitsu and KDDI to verify interconnection of their respective 5G network services and optimal use of 5G applications and data
- “5G Service Platform” aims to enrich cities and the consumer experience by realizing a world in which the experience of real places is enlarged by virtual technology. The partnership will leverage the solutions, expertise and alliance partners of both companies to create an open ecosystem
TOKYO, September 28, 2021 – (JCN Newswire) – Fujitsu Limited and KDDI Corporation today announced a collaboration agreement to create new services that enrich the customer experience and help solve social issues using private 5G technologies from Fujitsu and 5G from KDDI, with the ultimate goal of realizing a new digital society and co-creating 5G-based businesses.
As the first major steps of this partnership, Fujitsu and KDDI will implement the following initiatives from September 28, 2021:
1) Demonstration of technology towards the realization of a “5G service platform” which interconnects private 5G with 5G
2) Co-creation of B to B to X services (1) combining the real world and the virtual world
3) Build an ecosystem with partners through mutual participation in the 5G Alliance operated by the two companies
Platform services concept: 5G service platform
The “5G Service Platform” is a service platform that links private 5G and 5G services to provide a full range of B to B to X services. Through the “5G Service Platform”, Fujitsu and KDDI aim to create a world where the experience in real places such as shopping malls, gyms and restaurants can be seamlessly extended with virtual reality. It will be provided to businesses that want to improve their consumption activities, to businesses that want to increase the value they deliver through the facilities they manage and their communities as a whole, as well as to local governments.
The many restrictions and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have made it difficult for people to share space with each other and communicate freely, underscoring the urgent need to build more sustainable and resilient social systems and to accelerate the movement towards the use of digital technologies in a way that benefits social and personal well-being. The threat posed by global climate change also demands that companies find new ways to achieve efficient use of energy and reduce waste by connecting people, goods and services in real time, helping to decarbonize people. businesses and local governments as well as solutions for environmental and social issues more broadly. To address these social issues and support the company’s digital transformation (DX), the two companies have partnered to deliver new experiential value and services that combine the real and virtual worlds based on 5G.
1. 5G and 5G private interconnection and technology demonstration
The private 5G services provided by Fujitsu for IoT devices such as high definition cameras and robots will be linked to the 5G services provided by KDDI for smartphones and tablets. In addition to interconnection, the two companies will perform technology demonstrations to achieve optimal placement of applications and data by seamlessly merging Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and Local Edge Computing (Local Edge).
2. Co-creation to provide new services using 5G
Based on technology demonstrations, Fujitsu and KDDI aim to provide the “5G Services Platform” using 5G, IoT, video content and XR. As a first step, the two companies will create a system that allows facility owners and operators to reduce their environmental impact and improve operational efficiency by optimizing the entire facility and delivering new experiential value to customers. customers visiting the facility. After that, Fujitsu and KDDI aim to integrate not only the city and the facilities, but also the real and virtual experiences of the society as a whole.
Through the “5G Services Platform”, the two companies will enrich the consumer experience by connecting various services based on human activities. For example, at the gym, consumers will be able to enjoy an individualized exercise experience based on their daily activity and state of health. In addition, Fujitsu and KDDI will offer personalized services tailored to each customer’s tastes and circumstances, such as a restaurant where customers can receive a recommended menu that suits their personal health needs.
3. Mutual participation in the 5G alliance operated by Fujitsu and KDDI
The two companies will mutually participate in their respective 5G alliances, the “Private 5G Partnership Program” (2) and the “KDDI 5G Business Co-creation Alliance” (3). By connecting the assets provided by Fujitsu, such as private 5G wireless technology, base station construction technology and knowledge of solutions from various industries, with KDDI’s solutions for 5G and 5G and its infrastructure services, such as identification, billing and payment services, Fujitsu and KDDI will co-create a solution model that combines business systems and customer-oriented services. The two companies also aim to create an open partner ecosystem by leveraging the strengths of other partners in both alliances.
Comments from Tomonori Goto, SVP, 5G Vertical Service Desk Manager, Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu is proud to work with a variety of innovative partners to co-create businesses that address important social issues. We are very pleased to announce with KDDI our shared vision for the company, and we anticipate that this partnership will further increase the value created by 5G and accelerate our efforts to solve social problems. “
Comments from Akihito Fujii, General Manager, General Manager of Service Planning and Development Division, KDDI Corporation
“Through the establishment of the 5G Business Co-creation Alliance and other initiatives, KDDI cooperates with other companies across positions and industries to promote the use of 5G to solve social problems and create new We are very excited to be working with Fujitsu to bring new value to the B-to-B-to-X model by connecting our 5G assets and infrastructure. “
(1) B to B to X:
Short for Business to Business to X. A business model in which businesses and organizations (first B) that provide platforms and services to businesses and organizations make businesses and organizations (second B) that have both consumers and clients use the platform and the services, and the first B and the second B work together to provide tailored services to end users (X), such as consumers.
(2) 5G private partnership program:
Fujitsu’s program that co-creates solutions for customer business innovation and customer problem solving by leveraging private 5G and other Fujitsu technologies and expertise, as well as advanced consumer technologies. partner companies.
(3) KDDI 5G commercial co-creation alliance:
KDDI’s alliance program that aims to create markets and solve social problems through the use of 5G by collaborating across Posts and industries. It offers unique support for problems that cannot be solved by a single company, from the creation of new collaborative companies to partnerships.
KDDI is a telecommunications service provider in Japan, offering both mobile and fixed communications. With its well-established base of more than 58 million customers, and through mobile services and stores featuring its “au” brand, KDDI is expanding its services to the “Life Design” sector, which includes e-commerce, fintech, the national electricity utility. services, entertainment and education. With a 60-year history, KDDI is now focused on building smart infrastructure through IoT technologies and open innovation with partners and start-ups across various industries. KDDI accelerates global growth in its consumer telecommunications business, with operations in Myanmar and Mongolia, and in the global ICT sector with the “TELEHOUSE” brand.
Fujitsu is the Japanese leader in information and communication technologies (ICT) offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 126,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated sales of 3.6 trillion yen (US $ 34 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021. For more information, please visit www.fujitsu. com.
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