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August 18, 2011

KDDI America Leads Telecom Space with Enterprise Driven Mobile App

A slow summer for KDDI America? Think again.

KDDI America, a leading provider of high-speed, end-to-end connectivity for today's global businesses, has not only experienced significant global growth in the last few months, but has also expanded its data center presence by opening facilities in Hong Kong, Istanbul, New York’s Chelsea district and Russia, and its presence in the US.

“In terms of differentiating ourselves from the competition, what we really do best is we customize a solution and really work with the customer as a partner on an ongoing basis,” Sandra de Novellis told MobilityTechzone.

KDDI America – the US subsidiary of KDDI Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company headquartered in Tokyo – has offices in 58 cities around the world and a fiber network backbone that spans 150 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. KDDI America is known for its ability to cater solutions in any major city and offer scalability and service that are unparalleled.

Whether it’s mobile and voice services, network services, data centers or system integrations, KDDI America promises a “one-stop solution” for both international and domestic connectivity, according to company officials.

“We really have the total solutions approach at this point,” de Novellis said.

In an effort to continue to make good on that philosophy, KDDI America announced last month that it will provide KDDI Mobile users and other smartphone users with the Juniper Networks Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite — a comprehensive security software suite that protects mobile devices and defends users’ mobile lives, securing sensitive data stored on mobile devices that are used for work, play or both. The Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite includes smartphone security, management and centralized control for enterprises and consumers via a simple smartphone client and cloud-based Web interface.

As opposed to other apps out there, this offering is geared towards the enterprise market as opposed to the consumer. According to Nobu Ogata, director of product development, as smartphones and tablets become more ubiquitous in the workforce, and as employees being to work remotely more often, the potential for security breaches is exacerbated.

This mobile security app allows the IT director to centralize and control the data to guarantee protection of mobile devices. The app boasts anti spam and anti malware services as well as a GPS locator and theft and loss tracking options.

“There’s a lot of other applications out there certainly, but what differentiates our applications are that we work across all applications,” de Novellis stated, noting that the app provides support for Google Android devices, Apple iOS devices including Apple iPhones, RIM BlackBerry devices, and Microsoft Windows Mobile devices. “Since it can support all the platforms, that makes it one of the most robust applications out there in the industry.”

This offering could not come at a better time, according to company officials, particularly since the news is rife with stories about security breaches and hacks.

When de Novellis sat down with TMC’s Group Editorial Director Erik Linask to talk about the security app, she explained, “There’s more and more smartphones as well as tablets being introduced into the workplace so we want to ensure for our existing customers and our KDDI mobile users as well as our new customers that they have something that is really going to protect their data.”

“When you stop and think about 500 employees who are all carrying different smartphones and carrying them all over the globe, you want to know from an IT perspective that your data is going to be protected,” she added. “It gives that additional assurance.”

Aside from the being able to guarantee security and availability across all platforms, KDDI America can also be proud of the fact that the company is the first to work with Juniper to release this app in the United States.

Alongside Juniper, KDDI America is hoping to spread the message about the importance of security.

“If companies are not looking or revisiting their compliance requirements on a global level then they are not doing their jobs,” de Novellis said. “Security is the number one initiative in the enterprise at this time… It’s really an important issue and we want to work with Juniper to really educate our customers.”

For those of you who are fluent in Japanese, please click on the link below to hear more from Ogata.

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Carrie Schmelkin is a Web Editor for MobilityTechzone. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the New Canaan Advertiser, a 102-year-old weekly newspaper, covering news and enhancing the publication's social media initiatives. Carrie holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in English from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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