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IIJ Global Constructs a Video-Conferencing System Linking Japan and Overseas Offices of SMBC Consumer Finance
IIJ Global Solutions Inc.
TOKYO-March 18, 2014-Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, and 100% owned IIJ subsidiary IIJ Global Solutions Inc. (IIJ Global)—provider of WAN services for corporate clients—today announced that IIJ Global provided a managed video conferencing service known as "COLLABO de! World", global VPN services, and a monitoring service to SMBC Consumer Finance Co., Ltd. (SMBCCF) to form their core video-conferencing system. Currently, SMBCCF has already introduced their video-conferencing system into ten locations that include seven subsidiaries in China, one each in Taiwan and Thailand, as well as the headquarters in Japan, and together with business expansion, additional introducing will be positively considered.
Until now, SMBCCF has shared information through one-on-one conference calls with each individual overseas subsidiary. Business meeting through audio/phone conference sometimes created communication barriers, coupled with the fact that voices are often hard to hear due to the status of communication lines between countries. As SMBCCF was being brought under the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group umbrella and was rapidly expanding globally, methods were examined that would allow smooth and clear communication between multiple locations at the same time. As a result, SMBCCF decided to eliminate one-on-one conference calls in favor of introducing a video-conferencing system that would enable simultaneous connection to multiple overseas subsidiaries.
SMBCCF sought the following conditions for system introduction:
- Separate from the in-house network, and able to use a fixed-line, stable network with high communication quality
- Able to outsource all aspects of the system including line installation, operation, and user support
- Able to flexibly adapt to future expansions in a number of locations
- Able to curb the initial investment cost as much as possible.
As a solution to satisfy these four conditions, SMBCCF introduced a system consisting of IIJ Global's "COLLABO de! World," the global network outsourcing service "Global NOS," and the cloud system integrated monitoring services "COSMO."
As a result of introducing a video-conferencing system that improves communication and reinforces relationship through close interaction, not only has information sharing during regular meetings with overseas offices become more substantive, but the number of active meeting participants has risen as well. The effects brought about by face-to-face communication have been highly praised even within SMBCCF, and as such, the uses for video conferencing have expanded to personnel interviews for employees stationed in remote locations.
IIJ Global will continue to actively propose systems that support the globalization and streamlining of our customer's businesses.
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