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Fujitsu and KDDI leverage 5G technologies in partnership to solve social issues

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Fujitsu and KDDI announced an agreement to collaborate on creating new services that enrich the customer experience and contribute to the resolution of social issues by utilising Fujitsu's private 5G and KDDI's au 5G technologies, with the aim of realising a new digital society and co-creating businesses based on 5G.

As the first major steps of this partnership, Fujitsu and KDDI said they will implement the following initiatives:

1) Demonstration of technology toward the realisation of a "5G Service Platform" that interconnects private 5G with au 5G
2) Co-creation of B to B to X(1) services that combine the real and the virtual worlds
3) Building an ecosystem with partners through mutual participation in the 5G Alliance operated by the two companies

Platform Services Concept: 5G Service Platform

The companies say the "5G Service Platform" is a platform service that links private 5G and au 5G services to provide a comprehensive range of B to B to X services. Through the "5G Service Platform," Fujitsu and KDDI aim to realise a world where the experience in real places such as shopping malls, gyms and restaurants can be expanded seamlessly with virtual reality. It will be provided to companies that want to enhance their consumer businesses, companies that want to increase the value they offer through the facilities they manage and their communities as a whole, as well as local governments.

Partnership Overview

1. Private 5G and au 5G interconnection and technology demonstration
Private 5G services provided by Fujitsu for IoT devices such as high-definition cameras and robots will be linked with au 5G services provided by KDDI for smartphones and tablets. In addition to interconnection, the two companies will conduct technology demonstrations to realise the optimal placement of applications and data by seamlessly fusing Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and Local Edge Computing (Local Edge), the companies stated.

2. Co-creation for providing new services utilising 5G
The companies said that based on technology demonstrations, Fujitsu and KDDI aim to provide the "5G Service Platform" using 5G, IoT, video content, and XR. As a first step, the two companies will create a system for facility owners and operators to reduce their environmental impact and improve operational efficiency by optimising the entire facility and provide new experiential value to customers visiting the facility. After that, Fujitsu and KDDI aim to integrate not only the city and facilities, but also the real and virtual experiences of society as a whole.

Through the "5G Service Platform" the two companies will enrich the consumer experience by linking various services based on human activities. For example, at the gym, consumers will be able to enjoy an individualised exercise experience according to their daily activity and health status. In addition, Fujitsu and KDDI will offer personalised services that suit the tastes and circumstances of each customer, such as a restaurant where customers can receive a recommended menu that suits their personal health needs, the companies continued.

3. Mutual participation in 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). They said by linking the assets provided by Fujitsu, such as private 5G related wireless technology, base station construction technology, and solution knowledge of various industries, with KDDI's solutions for au 5G and 5G and its service infrastructure, such as ID, billing, and payment services, Fujitsu and KDDI will co-create a solution model that combines corporate systems and consumer-oriented services. The two companies also aim to create an open partner ecosystem by leveraging the assets of other partners in both alliances.

Fujitsu Limited SVP director of 5G vertical service office Tomonori Goto said, "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 together with KDDI our shared vision for society, and we anticipate that this partnership will further expand the value created by 5G and accelerate our efforts to address social issues."

KDDI executive officer general manager of service planning and development division Akihito Fujii said,"Through the establishment of the 5G Business Co-creation Alliance and other initiatives, KDDI is cooperating with other companies across positions and industries to promote the use of 5G to solve social issues and create new markets. We are very pleased to collaborate with Fujitsu to provide new value in the B-to-B-to-X model by linking our 5G assets and infrastructure."

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 30 September 2021.

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