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Initiatives for Realizing a Society Characterized by Remote Interactions

Highly Immersive 12K Wide Live Viewing of MLB Games Using Ultra Reality Viewing Technologies

NTT has concluded a multi-year partnership contract with Major League Baseball (MLB). Through this partnership, we are promoting the use of NTT's cutting-edge technologies for realizing next-generation baseball viewing experiences as a smart sports initiative. In October 2019, MLB and NTT conducted a verification test that used NTT's Ultra Reality Viewing technology for viewing of MLB postseason games. This was the first successful instance of highly immersive live viewing through synthesis and transmission of 12K wide video in the United States.

Real-time transmission of the game from Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay to MLB Studios in New Jersey

Verification of Network Technologies for Realizing Fully Autonomous Agricultural Equipment via Remote Monitoring through Collaboration with Hokkaido University and Iwamizawa City

In May 2020, a joint experiment agreement was formed between Hokkaido University, Iwamizawa City, SmartLinkHOKKAIDO Inc., NTT, NTT East, and NTT DOCOMO in relation to joint experiments for realizing smart agri-cities centered on smart agricultural equipment. Under this agreement, we will advance verification tests on technologies for predicting fluctuations in connection quality and automatically adjusting the network to which autonomous agricultural equipment is connected accordingly. Goals of this undertaking includes reducing the labor requirements of agricultural work by allowing agricultural machinery to be operated in an unmanned manner and helping address global food shortages.

Joint Experiment Fields

  1. High-Precision Positioning Technology

    Technologies will be developed to allow for high-precision positioning even in areas in which satellite transmissions cannot be received directly due to reasons such as signals being reflected.
  2. Next-Generation Network Technology

    Exceptionally safe, autonomous operation of agricultural equipment will be pursued through the development of technologies for predicting the quality of connections to multiple networks and automatically changing networks accordingly.
  3. AI Platforms

    AI analyzes field sensors, weather information, and agricultural machinery operation information, and an AI platform automatically schedules agricultural work and makes it possible to create an optimal agricultural work plan.

Joint Research for Advancing World's First Unmanned Ship Verification Test

NTT has concluded a joint research contract with MTI Co., Ltd., a research subsidiary of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, for the advancement of the Designing the Future of Full Autonomous Ship Project,* the world's first verification test of unmanned ships in crowded areas of the ocean. Under this agreement, MTI will design the system concept necessary for unmanned ships and develop and explore the related technologies.

Meanwhile, NTT will look into the application of its IOWN concept. In this manner, the strengths of both companies will be utilized to complete a successful verification test by the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022, to demonstrate the future potential of unmanned ships.

  • A verification test project advocated by the Nippon Foundation as part of its MEGURI2040 unmanned ship project

Major Project Milestones

In-Orbit Verification of Low-Orbit Satellite MIMO Technologies

In May 2020, NTT submitted a technology verification proposal in response to the No. 3 open application bid by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for verification of revolutionary satellite technologies. This proposal, which was adopted, was for the realization of communications with speeds exceeding 20 Gbps between loworbit satellites and ground facilities and ultrawide range IoT data collection. Based on this theme, NTT will conduct verification tests on the world's first low-orbit satellite multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) technology and on satellite sensing technologies. Our future plans include launching miniature verification-use satellites in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023, and exploring and verifying essential technologies and designing and developing satellite equipment for technology verification tests leading up to the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024.

In addition, we will seek to realize high-capacity communications (with speeds exceeding 20 Gbps) between low-orbit satellites and ground facilities and develop low-cost sensing technologies for use in areas across the world, including those without on-ground communications networks.

Alliance with Intel

NTT has concluded a joint research contract Intel Corporation, set to conclude in April 2023. The resulting alliance is aimed at the co-creation of technologies for the IOWN. Through this alliance, NTT and Intel will conduct research for advancing the development of technologies that can meet the massive increases in data processing capacity necessary for realizing a smart connected society.

Joint Research Fields

  1. Photonics / Photoelectric Merging Technology

    Development of new computing platforms using photoelectric merging technology will be pursued to expand the application of optical technologies out from the conventional long-distance signal transmission applications and introduce these technologies into the signal processing components of processor chips coordinated with electronic circuits
  2. High-Speed Decentralized Computing

    Computing infrastructure will be developed to fully utilize future high-capacity, low-latency communications infrastructure; link ground, edge, and cloud systems; and efficiently process the massive amounts of real-time data received from the physical world.
  3. Open Frameworks

    An open software framework will be developed to use AI computing devices, which are growing ever more diverse and evolving at an accelerated pace, through the aforementioned high-speed decentralized computing infrastructure.

Cooperation with the ITER Organization

In May 2020, NTT concluded a comprehensive cooperation agreement with the ITER International Fusion Energy Organization (ITER Organization), which is working to be the first in the world to verify the effectiveness of fusion energy. NTT is promoting innovation through research and development and the reduction of environmental impacts through its business activities with the goal of lowering its environmental footprint to zero. As one facet of these activities, we are contributing to the plans of the ITER Organization with our IOWN and other advanced R&D projects as well as our global infrastructure development capabilities.

Specifically, we look to offer technical support for information distribution and control platforms. These platforms will be utilized for ultrahighspeed, ultralow-latency connections between the fusion reactor and control centers through all-photonic networks that use photonic (light)- based technologies for everything from networks to terminals. Another application of the platforms will be fusion reactor control simulations, using digital twin computing for projecting future trends by comparing the physical world with digital models.

  • ITER Tokamak Machine and Plant

  • ITER construction site in Provence in the south of France

Alliance with NEC for Joint Research and Development and Global Rollout of ICT Products Utilizing Innovative Optical and Wireless Technologies

NTT and NEC Corporation formed a capital and business alliance in June 2020 for the purpose of joint research and development and the global rollout of ICT products utilizing innovative optical and wireless technologies. The companies aim to improve their corporate value by expanding sales of products applying jointly developed technologies. In addition, through these initiatives, the companies will contribute to the enhancement of the industrial competitiveness of Japan and to the improvement of the safety and reliability of communications infrastructure, playing leading roles in working with numerous communications equipment vendors.

To promote open architectures such as O-RAN and to give form to the IOWN concept, NTT and NEC will set up a research and development structure and focus their efforts on the following objectives.

  • By developing and utilizing cutting-edge technologies, the companies will develop and sell globally a compact digital signal processing circuit--featuring both world-leading performance and low power consumption as well as quality that meets market needs and greater convenience from the customer point of view--plus optical information communications equipment incorporating this digital signal processing circuit.
  • Working with global operators and communications equipment vendors, the companies will promote O-RAN Alliance specifications while developing and selling globally competitive products compliant with such O-RAN specifications. In the future, the companies aim to attain top global market shares under NEC's leadership. Moreover, the companies' development efforts will be aimed at realizing ultrahigh-speed processing, ultralow latency, and ultralow power consumption in these products at a level that has never been attained before, by applying innovative devices utilizing optical and wireless technologies to base station equipment.
  • The companies will develop innovative technologies and optical and wireless devices contributing to the realization of NTT's IOWN concept. As part of the development project, the companies will seek to enable greater-capacity, higher-functionality, and lowercosting submarine cable systems; high-capacity, low-latency, and automatic and autonomous space communication; and more sophisticated technologies to ensure infrastructure network security.

Establishment of Space Environment and Energy Laboratories

The Space Environment and Energy Laboratories is a research facility established in July 2020 with the purpose of developing innovative technologies to help regenerate the global environment and realize a sustainable and inclusive society. This facility is the first NTT laboratory to have the word "space" in its name. Despite this name, however, the Space Environment and Energy Laboratories will not research space itself; rather, it will reevaluate the sun and other aspects of the space environment from earth to research means of regenerating the global environment and adapting to this environment from a dynamic perspective.

In the field of next-generation energy, the Space Environment and Energy Laboratories will research nuclear fusion together with the ITER Organization as well as space photovoltaic power generation. Meanwhile, the facility will target the creation of energy systems that improve environmental value through local consumption and production of energy in the field of energy control technologies that optimize energy distribution. As the first step of these efforts, we aim to complete development of a resilient electricity supply system based on direct current microgrid utilization within the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. In addition, the Space Environment and Energy Laboratories is advancing a project in the field of CO2 conversion technologies, which entail absorption and fixation of CO2 in the atmosphere. This project has the goal of commencing a verification test on technologies for improving the efficiency of the artificial photosynthesis technologies developed by NTT in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. This facility is also engaged in R&D projects in the field of environmental adaptation technology, which is used to respond to sudden natural disasters. Specifically, the Space Environment and Energy Laboratories is working to develop a system that uses drones and other aerial equipment to attract lightening to prevent lightening damage to communications equipment and other social infrastructure. The goal is to start a verification test in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023.

In this manner, the Space Environment and Energy Laboratories is a research facility with a penchant for tackling ambitious research themes that have never before been imagined. Going forward, this facility will proactively collaborate with external research and other institutions through means such as joint research in a diverse range of fields.

Evaluation by Society

    • EP100 EV100

      NTT is the first telecommunications operator to become a member of global initiatives to make smarter use of energy, “EP100” and “EV100” (Oct. 2018)

    • CSDE

      Established a council to promote secure digital economy together with multi-national companies

    • FTSE4Good
    • FTSE Blossom Japan