KDDI Corp of Japan has signed a joint venture agreement with the UK’s BT Group to start offering global communications networks services from August. According to a statement from KDDI, the new alliance will target Japanese companies with overseas operations as part of the carrier’s plan to strengthen its worldwide operations by building new broadband networks at lower costs. It also provides BT Group with an easy return into the Japanese market, a country it exited in 2001 when it sold its shares in Japan Telecom to Vodafone.
As a result of the tie-up with BT, KDDI hopes to launch new services in the US by September, with similar products coming on-stream in Hong Kong and Singapore by the end of the year, and China and South Korea in 2007-08. According to a report in the UK Financial Times, pair aim to generate revenues of USD1 billion from the alliance within three to five years.