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NTT and Fujitsu embark on alliance to drive ‘sustainable digital society’

NTT and Fujitsu embark on alliance to drive ‘sustainable digital society’

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NTT and Fujitsu are embarking on a strategic alliance to drive the ‘realization of sustainable digital society’ including the promotion of Open Communication Technologies (Optical Transport and Mobile Communications).

NTT and Fujitsu have formed a strategic business alliance towards the ‘realization of a sustainable digital society’.

The alliance leverages their respective strengths to deliver innovation that contributes to the resolution of societal and environmental challenges.

The two companies envision a new, energy-efficient digital society founded on global and open collaboration with a wide range of partners supporting the IOWN (Innovative Optical and Wireless Network) initiative.

Fujitsu and NTT will conduct joint research and development activities towards the realization of a variety of energy efficient, sustainable technologies in areas including open architecture optical transport and mobile communications technologies, combined with disaggregated high-performance computing, all of which are made possible by innovation in photonics-electronics convergence device technologies.

The two companies will conduct joint research in fields that leverage the respective technological strengths of both companies, including optical technology, for which NTT and Fujitsu combined boast the world’s largest number of patents, and NTT’s information and communications technologies and its operational know-how, as well as Fujitsu’s world-leading computing technologies.

NTT and Fujitsu are promoting open joint research with global partners to realize a sustainable digital society that will contribute to the vision of the IOWN initiative. NTT will create innovative smart solutions and ICT platforms that make use of the knowledge and technology cultivated through this alliance.

In the mobile communications field, in order to promote more open mobile networks in anticipation of the Beyond 5G era, the two companies will study the development and promotion of open interface-based technologies, as well as the development of global businesses based on the results of these activities.

The first step is to develop technologies that can be established globally with a variety of partners through avenues including the ‘5G Open RAN Ecosystem’ launched by NTT DOCOMO. For example, the two companies will work on measures to improve performance, which remains a challenge for expanding the adoption of virtualized radio access network (vRAN) and develop control technologies to optimize radio access networks. NTT will use these technologies to further enhance mobile network infrastructure in preparation for full-scale 5G deployment. Technology developed through the collaboration will be used by telecommunications carriers on a global basis through the ‘5G Open RAN Ecosystem’ initiative and other means.

While the two companies will openly promote these developments with various partners, NTT and Fujitsu will actively participate in these developments and leverage results from joint research into the optical transport and mobile communications business with the ultimate aim of expanding into the global market and making sustainable network infrastructure a reality throughout the world.

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