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.
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