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Fumio Watanabe

Chairman at KDDI Research Inc.


  • KDDI Research Inc.: Chairman
  • UQ Communications Inc.: CTO
  • KDDI Foundation: President
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology: Professor

Dr. Watanabe has 40 years of experience in research and development of satellite and mobile communication systems including IMT-2000, IMT-Advanced, WiMAX and 5G.  He has been active for a long time in international standardization of mobile communication systems in ITU-R. 

He joined KDD in 1980.  He was an Executive Director, General Manager of KDDI from 2006 responsible for mobile radio access networks and R&D activities. He is now the Chairman of KDDI Research Inc. He is also CTO of UQ Communications Inc. and the President of KDDI Foundation. He received Piero Fanti International Prize in 1989, the R & D Awards of Radio Systems in 1991, the meritorious Awards on ITU activities in 2001, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education in 2010, and Maejima memorial Awards in 2013, respectively. He is the chairman of Broadband Wireless Access Committee in ARIB. He is a Fellow of IEIEC.

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