KDDI Foundation and MobiCom Corporation are contributing to Mongolian Society

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2019-04-12 11:21 GMT+8

Founded in October 2009, KDDI Foundation aims to contribute to sustainable development of society through Information and Communications Technology (ICT). With consolidated resource from International Communications Foundation (ICF) and KDDI, the foundation has carried over 90 technical consulting projects in developing countries, including Mongolia.

Today, we have distinguished guests from KDDI Foundation, Mr. Uchiyama Yosuke and Mr. Tatsuya Hamada, CEO and Chairman of Mobicom Corporation.

-Thank you for accepting our invitation and taking time to give us an interview. First of all, could you please introduce KDDI Foundation a little bit more and what kind of project are you here in Mongolia to work on?

Uchiyama Yosuke: Thank you for offering me a chance to share my project. I am visiting Mongolia again to start up our new project for the cooperation and collaboration activities with Telecom Mongolia (TM), Communications and Information Technology Authority (CITA) and Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC). KDDI Foundation is a part of KDDI group, but unique foundation, which is officially public foundation and independent from KDDI group as registered by Japanese government (Cabinet Office). One of activity is contribution and collaboration to Asia and Pacific countries through Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT: regional international telecommunication organization under United Nation) to make ICT project to improve and qualify the life in local by utilizing ICT, especially rural and developing area. In this project KDDI Foundation submits proposals to APT together with the telecom government and related organization。This program is founded by extra-budgetary contribution of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan. In this year, our proposal collaborated with Telecom Mongolia, CITA, CRC and KDDI Foundation is selected regarding installation of broadband fiber cable in extremes climate area in Mongolia by applying new ITU standard of fiber cable specification and fiber construction method for rural area. This recommendation contains to use tough fiber cable with easy construction.

-Could you please clarify more on this new standard and method for fiber installation?

Uchiyama Yosuke: Sure. In this pilot installation of fiber cables in Mongolia along with above new ITU standards, our practical recommendation is based on DIY (Do It Yourself) by PPP (Public Private Partnership) model to reduce installation and operation cost without technical and skilled person. Accordingly this introduction of fiber cable and construction will be less reliability, however total cost of installation and operation may be radically reduced. Therefore, optical fiber high speed and broadband network will be extended to depopulated area with low cost and can be utilized for many applications and services even in area of rural and depopulated nomadic citizens. Also, even in depopulated area, by utilizing ICT, quality of life in local will improve and make new business in future.

-What is your vision about this project, Mr. Tatsuya Hamada?

Tatsuya Hamada: It will reach citizens in very isolated area, which will help those citizens to be connected to the rest of the world and accelerate both personal and social development. In that regard, it very much same with Mobicom’s contribution towards Mongolian society by means of developing ICT industry and providing full ICT solution to the customers. Mobicom Corporation has been providing not only telecom service for 23 years, but also has been connecting Mongolian citizen to the rest of the world, installing fiber networks throughout the country aiming for a better connected society. One of our subsidiary, Mobicom Networks LLC now installed total of 8,714km fiber network in 124 soums in 21 aimags. Also, we have started international transit service, connecting Russia and China gateway directly with our network of 500Gbps capacity.

- That is very impressive. Such a vast network installed throughout the country surely improved the quality of life and accelerated business.

Tatsuya Hamada: Yes. Mongolia has a vast land but population itself is small. Also, it has been cornered by two gigantic developed countries, Russia and China, which makes it somehow limited physically in terms of trade and development. But as ICT player, Mongolia will have no such limitation. With internet connection, anyone or any business entity in Mongolia can do business in world market. Therefore, ICT development will be a reliable industry for Mongolia in the future, better than mining sector. That is why MobiCom has continuously striving to contribute in development of ICT sector in Mongolia for the last 23 years. In the future, I see MobiCom as an international ICT player, not limited to Mongolian market, further expanding our contribution towards Mongolian society. In that sense, as group companies of KDDI Group, MobiCom will gladly cooperate with KDDI Foundation.  

Uchiyama Yosuke: KDDI Foundation is looking forward to seeing the delight future in Mongolia by introducing affordable ICT (of Infrastructure, Application and Services) in depopulated area together with Mongolia counterparts including MobiCom based on UN SDG (United Nation : Sustainable Development Goals).

-Thanks for sharing the necessary information.

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