A visionary 40+ year veteran of the wireless industry with technology and business development expertise. Diversified knowledge and industry relations cover the Japan regulator’s spectrum policy, cellular infrastructure rollout-relevant restrictions and cost drivers, the technology innovation in mobile communications, and the human network in the industry space. Proven track records of implementing innovative technologies in the commercial network include the globally-first large-scale implementation of FOTA, over-the-air firmware update of legacy mobile devices, and one of the first large-scale deployment of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO in the world, an IP-centric and best-effort-based mobile data system. Rich experience in driving global standard initiatives, e.g., the Board of Directors of CDMA Development Group (CDG: evolved into Mobility Development Group) and WiMAX Forum, as well as the Chair of 3GPP2.
Started Techno-Visionary in April 2014. Until this move, worked for KDDI and most recently served as Executive Adviser. Prior to that, assumed a VP responsible for the corporate-wise standards strategy and the technology scouting for possible use by corporate business. Previously, was VP of Business Development at the mobile business unit, “au.” Started his professional career in 1977 as a mobile satellite system R&D engineer accomplishing the commercial system design and specification of the first global digital-based mobile satellite system standard named Inmarsat-M/B. Received B.S. in Applied Physics, M.S. in Physics and Dr. Engineering in Communication Science from Waseda University.
Wireless infrastructure and devices, business development, technology development, technology evaluation and strategic management, all aspects of telecommunications platform including mobile and IP, and standards fora management.