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"Lao PDR Energy Efficient Datacenter Project" Cloud Datacenter Using Joint Crediting Mechanism Starts Demonstration Operations

November 30, 2016
Toyota Tsusho Corporation
Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd.

TOKYO-November 30, 2016- Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Internet Initiative Japan Inc., and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. today announced the start of a joint demonstration project in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of greenhouse gas emission reduction effect and energy efficiency using advanced container-type datacenter technology. (as previously announced on January 26, 2016)

Lao PDR's first government-operated eco datacenter was completed in Vientiane, on November 29, 2016 (local time) and a ceremony was held to commemorate the datacenter's opening, attended by Dr. Boviengkham Vongdara, Lao PDR Minister of Science and Technology, Ambassador of Japan in the Lao PDR Takeshi Hikihara, and other dignitaries.

Datacenter opening ceremony

Exterior view of Lao PDR’s first eco datacenter

With integrated cloud infrastructure (*1) and security solutions, the new datacenter will serve as a cornerstone of Lao PDR's IT foundation and contribute to the development of e-Government applications for their people. Additionally, the datacenter will be utilized for training future generations of IT engineers, industrial development and for a broad range of other initiatives. By operating the datacenter, the Lao PDR government also aims to strengthen its IT governance.

This datacenter is also expected to serve as a springboard for the maturation of the local IT industry, encouraging Japanese-related companies to expand their IT business in the country.

Features of Lao PDR's First Government-operated Datacenter

  1. Large electricity savings enabled by using in-direct outside air cooling system
    (40% electricity savings compared to conventional building-type datacenters)
  2. Short construction time enabled by delivering and installing servers in preset operational configuration
  3. Cloud datacenter appliance design incorporating facilities and ICT virtual systems
  4. High quality and efficiency enabled by Japanese manufacturing
  5. Flexible scalability enabled by modular design

The highly energy efficient datacenter leverages IIJ's IT/cooling all-in-one packaged design "co-IZmo/I". This design approach made it possible to complete the datacenter in just seven months after construction began in May 2016 (about one-third the time typically required for conventional building-type datacenters). The project that provides IT solutions combined with highly energy efficient "co-IZmo/I" and cloud infrastructure is especially critical for Lao PDR and other developing countries with an urgent need to develop their IT infrastructure.

This project is conducted on the basis of the commission by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), as part of its Global Warming Mitigation Technology Promotion Project selected in July 2015. The governments of Japan and Lao PDR have signed the bilateral document concerning the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)(*2). The project will use the JCM system (confirmation of suitability, project registration, monitoring, reporting and verification of emission reductions attributed to the project) to support the efficient and effective implementation of specific, demonstrable greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects overseas using Japanese superior low-carbon technologies and products which have not been introduced or spread little among the developing countries.

The JCM joint committee held in October 2016 has approved the JCM methodology for calculating the amount of greenhouse gas emissions reduced by this project. Currently, preparations for registration for this project are underway, and we expect to apply for emission reduction credits once the demonstration period ends in February 2018.

  • (*1)Servers, networks, storage, and other functions provided as resources.
  • (*2)Joint Crediting Mechanism: Mechanism for facilitating diffusion of low-carbon technologies, products, systems, services, and infrastructure, as well as implementation of mitigation actions in developing countries and appropriate evaluation of Japan's contributions to greenhouse gas emission reductions or removals in a quantitative manner to achieve Japan's emission reduction target.

About IIJ

Founded in 1992, IIJ is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. IIJ's services include high-quality Internet connectivity services, systems integration, cloud computing services, security services and mobile services. Moreover, IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan that is connected to the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. IIJ was listed on the U.S. NASDAQ Stock Market in 1999 and on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006.

The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents furnished by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

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