Teaming up with KDDI Web Communications to Bring Twilio to Japan

Following the launch of Twilio Voice-enabled phone numbers in Japan,  we’re excited to announce today an exclusive partnership with KDDI Web Communications (KWC) in Japan.

It’s an honor to work alongside such an incredible telecommunications company, as we further extend the Twilio platform to developers in Japan. Developers will have full access to the Twilio API with all the same features and capabilities in Voice, SMS and VoIP starting in the Spring of 2013.

We had the pleasure of hosting Nori Koide, the VP of Business Development KDDI  and his team in San Francisco during TwilioCon this month. There was a lot of time spent planning and outlining the plans for Japan:

There also was plenty of time to enjoy our new friends’ company too:

We recently visited KDDI Web Communications on their home turf for a hack night. Coding is the same across any language, and as we found out, so was the refreshment of choice – Asahi is delicious.

KDDI Web Communications will be the underlying carrier connectivity powering the Twilio API for customers across Japan.  Stay tuned for more announcements around availability this coming spring.

  • Joel in Japan

    Is there going to be an issue since KDDI is a CDMA network and everyone else in Japan is GSM, 3G, 4G, LTE, or GPRS? Will other companies like Docomo, AU, and Softbank jive with the KDDI network?

    • Twilio

      The Twilio platform and its carrier partners, including KDDI, can send and receive SMS to any network regardless of the technology. For example, here in the US the Twilio platform can send to and receive from both GSM operator networks (AT&T, T-Mobile) and CDMA operator networks (Verizon, Sprint). Internationally, this remains true as well. The Twilio platform can send to and receive from the other Japanese operator networks, including NTT Docomo and Softbank. While KDDI is Twilio’s partner in Japan, Twilio’s connectivity and compatibility in Japan is not restricted by the KDDI network or its technology.

  • Cole in Japan

    How about the price?
    Does the price become expensive in Japan?

    • Twilio

      We make sure we’re giving you the best pricing with the best quality service possible in each country. When available you will find pricing updated here: