Initiatives outside Japan

Initiatives in Growth Markets outside Japan

We believe expanding information and communications services in emerging countries is key to solving various social issues. KDDI strives to provide emerging countries with stable communication quality, utilizing our experience, expertise, and technology of telecommunications services that we have cultivated in and outside Japan, aiming to achieve higher quality of life and economic growth of the people of each country.
In addition, the KDDI Foundation also supports the building of communication infrastructure in emerging countries where we do not have direct operations.

Data Center Solutions outside Japan

KDDI's data center brand, Telehouse, is used by many customers as a platform for their global business, taking care of their equipment and providing operation and maintenance services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We have established more than 45 Telehouse data centers in 10 or more countries. The data centers have garnered acclaim for their service quality and reliability in more than 30 years of operational experience as well as their high connectivity, which brings together world-class internet exchange (IX) providers, telecommunications operators, and cloud-computing operators, and more. In addition, Telehouse data centers are equipped with high-capacity electric power, highly efficient and reliable power supply equipment, and energy-efficient air conditioning. The data center business is aiming to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by fiscal 2026.

Maintenance and Operation of Global Network

We connect networks with communications providers around the world, and, in cooperation with these companies, we maintain and operate a global network linking different parts of the world. KDDI provides high quality international communications services using highly reliable optical fiber submarine cables as trunk networks. We also provide services using new platforms of the KDDI IoT World Architecture, as represented by the Connected Cars.
Submarine cables provide 99% [1] of Japan's international traffic, being an important component of the social infrastructure. Moving forward, we will offer even more reliable communications services for the Asia and Pacific regions, where demand is expected grow. The KDDI Group's submarine cable cable-laying vessels, KDDI Cable Infinity and KDDI Ocean Link, work to build and maintain a highly reliable global infrastructure using the high-performance undersea cable technology.
KDDI handles these international communication services mainly through its Global Network Operation Center, which enables calls and data transmissions to anywhere in the world and insure secured international communication services around the clock.

  1. [1]According to research by KDDI

Business Expansion outside Japan

Business Expansion in Myanmar

In Myanmar, KDDI and Sumitomo Corporation formed joint venture KDDI Summit Global Myanmar ("KSGM") in 2014.
KSGM entered into an agreement with Myanmar Posts & Telecommunications ("MPT"), which is a licensed telecommunications business, in 2014 for the operation of the telecommunications business. Under this agreement, KSGM is involved in telecommunications projects in Myanmar through its support of MPT. Prior to 2014, the mobile phone penetration was around 10%, but today the service area has expanded nationwide, and the mobile phone penetration has reached 115% [2]. The high quality and convenient communication services, such as the Internet and watching videos on smartphones are now available nationwide to all.

  1. [2]Reference: GSMA Intelligence as of March 2022

KDDI is deeply concerned about the tense situation in Myanmar since the declaration of a state of emergency on February 1, 2021. In April 2021, we published a statement on our website in support of the statement expressed by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Myanmar in March of the same year, and in September of the same year, we published a statement regarding our local telecommunications business and human rights initiatives since the declaration of the state of emergency.
Also, in 2022, we commissioned a globally renowned human rights consultant to conduct a human rights impact assessment. From this consultant, we received recommendations for actions such as "ensuring the safety of all employees", "continuing to carry out human rights due diligence", and "dialogue and support with trustworthy stakeholders", and we continue to work on human rights responses in accordance with these.
We sincerely hope that the human rights of the people of Myanmar will be protected, and that the situation will be resolved quickly and peacefully.

Business Expansion in Mongolia

MobiCom Corporation ("MobiCom") was established in 1995 and launched the country's first mobile phone service in 1996. Since then, MobiCom has contributed to the country's economic growth and the improvement of people's lives through the development of communications infrastructure over the past 27 years.
In the fiscal year 2022, we are striving to provide our customers with a comfortable communication environment by initiating demonstration experiments for the launch of 5G services, and for the first time in Mongolia, offering the postpaid (postpaid communication charges) plan 'Hyper' [3] that can be contracted on the internet, enabling even those in regions with few stores to apply for postpaid services online.
KDDI has accepted more than 10 trainees in total from MobiCom since 2018 as part of its resource exchange program to provide them with training on corporate sales and marketing as well as security systems. Through the exchange of personnel, we contribute to enhancing telecommunications business in Mongolia.
KDDI will continue to contribute to the achievement of a truly connected society in Mongolia through the development of its telecommunications and related businesses.

  1. [3]The postpaid plan can be contracted through the Mobicom official app (internet). While the conventional plan required a written contract at the shop, the ability to contract through the app has made it easy for customers living in areas with few shops to use the service.

Initiatives of the KDDI Foundation

Ever since the KDDI Foundation took over international cooperation projects from former KDD, it has contributed to the sustained growth of the international community, especially developing countries, for about 50 years, keeping track of local realities and what people faced. In 2022, our activities were greatly affected by COVID-19, but as we fully resume our on-site activities, we are also promoting the use of online resources and localizing support.


Research on FM Emergency Warning Broadcasting System in Rural Areas

The Emergency Warning Broadcast System (EWBS) using FM radio broadcasting has been developed into a pilot project after completing a research study in Japan.

Network Building Project in the Rural Region

In the optical network expansion project in the rural region, we introduced an efficient network construction method in a depopulated area, and contributed not only to social infrastructure such as medical care, education, and government, but also to regional revitalization by strengthening tourism and tourism.

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Construction of a disaster response system using drones

We built a system to analyze images of the disaster-stricken areas taken from drones, and reported on the results of the project and proposals for its use.

Research on e-service platforms using chatbots

In addition to online advice for each symptom of the new coronavirus infection, we studied the standardization of chatbot platforms.

E-Learning Projects

We are supporting a project to develop an e-learning platform to support the retraining and employment of engineers who have left their jobs due to the Corona disaster.

Research on sign language learning systems

We are conducting research on sign language learning systems using AI.


Development of regional government services using smart network technology

A network expansion project in Dal County in the Rural region is promoting the digitalization of healthcare, education, and administration.

Regional medical support through ICT

In cooperation with NGOs, we are working to digitize medical information held by medical institutions in addition to managing the health of local residents using mobile apps.

Inclusive education with digital teaching materials for the visually and hearing-impaired

We are working to introduce digital teaching materials with sign language and text-to-speech functions for special needs schools in Lalitpur City.

Expansion of ICT education projects using tablets

We are promoting an ICT education project that utilizes tablets used for home study during the coronavirus pandemic in regular classes.

Robot Programming Education to Foster Logical Thinking

In the "Robot Programming Education for Learning while Having Fun" program to foster logical thinking, we continued our efforts for local teachers at 11 schools, and held a robot competition among the supporting schools in June 2023.


Support for KDDI Schools

The opening ceremony of the "Tumnop 109 KDDI School", which had been postponed due to the Corona disaster, was held in January 2023. At the same time, we built the KDDI Learning Center, a purpose-built classroom at an elementary school adjacent to the existing Chheu Teal KDDI School, and started PC and English classes.

Support for the inheritance of the traditional performing art "Large-scale shadow puppet theater (Subaek Tom)"

In addition to continuing to provide support to the Tea Qian troupe in terms of puppet production and performance opportunities, we have also started supporting training aimed at developing successors who will lead the future.


Classes at Village School with a new curriculum

Classes were held at the Village School as part of the curriculum for the new academic year, and classes in English, computers, and music were continued, with a focus on art.


Network Technology Training

At the Lao Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, we invited a lecturer from the Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC) to conduct network technology training.