|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NTT Communications to Provide
Arcstar Global IP-VPN Service,
an International Seamless IP-VPN Service
|NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), which has been providing next-generation MPLS*1-based, high-speed and high-quality "Arcster IP-VPN" service in Japan, announced today that it will expand its coverage globally to 52 countries. This "Arcstar Global IP-VPN" Service will be provided on end-to-end basis and customers will be able to choose among various access types.
Combining Arcstar Global IP-VPN service with global network and data center services presently developed with Verio Inc., NTT Com will furnish its customers with comprehensive global IP network services. In the future, NTT Com plans to provide overall domestic and international IP solution services, including outsourcing services. Also, NTT Com will providethrough collaboration with Veriodomestic and international IP-VPN services using IPSec protocol*2 via a global IP backbone network.
Cisco Systems, Inc. provides the major networking equipment necessary to enable the Arcstar Global IP VPN services. Cisco has committed to providing global support to NTT Com on a company-wide basis. As a result, NTT Com will be in the position to provide both unfailing support and high-quality service at competitive costs to its customers.
||High security, quality and reliability
With the adoption of MPLS technology, each VPN is allocated a dedicated label, thereby realizing network exclusivity and high security. Network reliability is also secured by duplex backbone and network construction with redundancy. Also, network quality is assured by service level agreement (SLA)*3.
||Globally seamless services
NTT Com will provide globally seamless Arcstar IP-VPN service, by capitalizing on its popular IP-VPN service currently provided in Japan (See Attachment 1).
||Overall cost reduction
Customer can enjoy significant network cost reduction which is brought about by a plug-in type service that enables customers to have access to all other locations just by "plugging-in" to the Arcstar global IP-VPN network at any site (See Attachment 2). Moreover, outsourcing services combined with a data center provide even greater total cost reduction including network operation and management cost.
||Unfailing support outsourced to NTT Com
Networks will be globally operated and managed by NTT Com in a unified manner, enabling customers to enjoy end-to-end support on a global basis. Also, supervision and maintenance will be provided round-the-clock, 365 days a year.
||Multiple selection for access networks and services
Various access methods, including leased line, frame relay, ATM, LAN, access via the Internet using IPSec protocol, as well as various services including VoIP, will be available to meet diversifying customers needs.
The Arcstar Global IP-VPN Service will use super gigabit-class high-speed routers in backbones of Asia, the United States and Europe. NTT Com will flexibly and promptly handle any demand for network expansion, such as increased network speed.
NTT Com will provide the Arcstar Global IP-VPN Service to over 52 worldwide, thereby realizing one of the worlds most expansive telecommunications services.
NTT Com today applied to the Minister of Public Management for approval regarding the service agreement and tariffs for the Arcstar Global IP-VPN Service.
||Multi-protocol label switching (MPLS):
Technology that enables super high-speed transmission of packets and secures network exclusivity. Within the IP-VPN network, the IP packet is labeled at the entrance to a network, and within the network, the packet is transmitted using only the label and not the IP address.
Authentication/encryption protocol that adds security to transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP). Is standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
||Service level agreement (SLA):
An agreement that clarifies and guarantees service quality standards. This would include, for example, the notification, assessment and correction of malfunctions, the availability of super high-speed routers, as well as other contingencies.