The power be­hind the in­ter­net

Sanwa was one of the pioneer­ing de­vel­op­ers of fiber-op­tic in­ter­net in the early 80s and to­day con­tin­ues to pro­vide un­ri­valled qual­ity prod­ucts and so­lu­tions to its part­ners as higher broad­band speeds en­able end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties in data-driven tech­nol­ogy.

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The power of the in­ter­net has trans­formed busi­ness, so­ci­ety and our daily lives and will con­tinue to do so as in­creas­ingly faster fiber-op­tic broad­band en­ables the ex­pan­sion of Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion tech­nolo­gies such as the In­ter­net of Things, Cloud and Big Data.

Back in 1983 dur­ing the early days of the in­ter­net, a Ja­panese com­pany called Sanwa Denki Ko­gyo de­vel­oped fiberop­tic con­nec­tors that re­main es­sen­tial to the func­tion­ing of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works to this day.

The rapid progress in broad­band and mo­bile tech­nolo­gies con­tin­ues to ad­vance the op­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try and how the world com­mu­ni­cates at a stag­ger­ing rate. As one of the pioneers of the web since those early days, Sanwa will con­tinue to de­velop and man­u­fac­ture prod­ucts to en­hance net­work per­for­mance and dis­cover in­tel­li­gent so­lu­tions for the data-driven fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion era. Draw­ing on its decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in de­vel­op­ing in­no­va­tive in­ter­net tech­nolo­gies, pres­i­dent Ya­suo Ishii be­lieves Sanwa can be at the fore­front of the data com­mu­ni­ca­tion mar­ket.

“With the rise of IOT and Big Data, ev­ery­thing will be net­work-re­lated. The Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion pre­sents a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity for us,” says Mr. Ishii.

“Since the be­gin­ning of the fiber-op­tic net­work, we have pro­vided op­ti­cal com­po­nents, like our op­ti­cal adapters and con­nec­tors, and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to data cen­ters all over the world for decades. Nowa­days, our mar­ket is mov­ing to data com­mu­ni­ca­tions and we have to an­a­lyze to what ex­tent we can move into the data mar­ket. There is an im­por­tant mar­ket share for us to ac­quire by pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions to data cen­ters and sup­port­ing IOT.”

In Ja­pan, Sanwa’s op­ti­cal out­lets can be found in al­most ev­ery home with fiber-to-the­home (FTTH) broad­band. The com­pany has worked in part­ner­ship with telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firm NTT to bring FTTH to homes across the na­tion. “In terms of fiber op­tic net­work pen­e­tra­tion, Ja­pan is far be­yond other na­tions and we ex­pect dras­tic growth in this field,” adds Mr. Ishii.

Hav­ing helped Ja­pan to de­velop one of the most so­phis­ti­cated and ex­pan­sive fiber-op­tic net­works in the world, Sanwa is now set­ting its sights on part­ner­ing with telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firms in the U.S. to ex­pand FTTH con­nec­tiv­ity with its high-qual­ity prod­ucts. Like most Ja­panese com­pa­nies, Sanwa has fo­cused on strength­en­ing its over­seas pres­ence due to the shrink­ing do­mes­tic mar­ket, and Mr. Ishii sees great po­ten­tial in the U.S.

“At the mo­ment, 20 per­cent of our sales come from the over­seas mar­kets. Our longterm ob­jec­tive is to reach 50 per­cent. While the pop­u­la­tion in Ja­pan reached 120 mil­lion, to­day it is in­evitably shrink­ing. In com­par­i­son, the rest of the world keeps get­ting big­ger. In the United States alone ex­pan­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less,” he ex­plains.

Mr. Ishii is con­fi­dent on reach­ing the over­seas ob­jec­tives be­cause he knows he can of­fer prospec­tive part­ners in the U.S. and across the world the high­est-qual­ity net­work con­nec­tors and fiber-op­ti­cal so­lu­tions that con­tinue to out­pace the qual­ity and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of sim­i­lar prod­ucts on the mar­ket. Sanwa’s un­ri­valled high-qual­ity is un­der­pinned by the tenets of monozukuri, the Ja­panese phi­los­o­phy of crafts­man­ship.

“When Sanwa Denki Ko­gyo man­u­fac­tur­ers its con­nec­tors, the Ja­panese spirit of monozukuri is present. Whether it is for a tiny con­nec­tor or a much larger net­work con­nec­tiv­ity so­lu­tion, this be­lief of putting your en­tire soul into the cre­ation is sa­cred,” he ex­plains.

“We are mov­ing from Sanwa Ja­pan to Sanwa In­ter­na­tional. We in­tend to em­brace the op­por­tu­ni­ties the world has to of­fer while main­tain­ing the solid foun­da­tion built through our unique Ja­panese Monozukuri spirit.”

“With the rise of IOT and big data, ev­ery­thing will be net­workre­lated. The Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion pre­sents a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity for us” Ya­suo Ishii, Pres­i­dent, Sanwa Denki Ko­gyo

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