Japanese telecoms group KDDI Corp has signed an agreement with Microsoft to jointly develop and provide applications for so-called ‘Software as a Service (SaaS)’ delivery models for the telco’s corporate users. The two companies also aim to provide extensive support to independent software vendor (ISV) partners in a bid to foster the take up of new service-enabled products for SaaS applications. These projects will include joint marketing activities to cultivate the adoption of SaaS among ISVs in Japan, the pair said in a statement.
Under the agreement, KDDI plans to utilise Microsoft’s Connected Services Framework as the foundation for providing services. The first SaaS application will be built on Microsoft’s Hosted Messaging and Collaboration solution, a carrier-grade platform that offers enterprise-class e-mail and document-sharing services to corporate customers. Subscription is a monthly fee-based model, covering mobile and fixed line communications and the SaaS application.