|May 19, 2005
NTT Com Seals Wireless Broadband Roaming Deal
with British Telecommunications and Telecom Italia
NTT Com Accelerates Roaming for Wi-Fi Users in Europe
|Tokyo, Japan NTT Communications (NTT Com), a member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), expanded its wireless broadband roaming coverage to United Kingdom and Italy by sealing roaming deals with leading operators British Telecommunications PLC and Telecom Italia S.p.A., respectively. NTT Com also has roaming arrangements with other WBA members, including KT (Korea), T-Mobile USA (USA), Telstra (Australia), StarHub (Singapore) and Maxis (Malaysia).
NTT Com customers will now be able to use their Wi-Fi subscriptions for a consistent, global wireless broadband experience to access information, communications and entertainment at more than 35,000 Wi-Fi hotspot locations across AsiaPacific, North America and Europe, including 1,500 within Japan.
It is expected that other members of the WBA will join the roaming arrangements in the near future, further broadening the WBA footprint in which NTT Com Hotspot customers can roam with a single Wi-Fi subscription.
The deals further reinforce NTT Com's ongoing commitment to providing customers with a reliable, dependable, carrier-grade Wi-Fi experience through its Hotspot service.
NTT Com Hotspot subscribers will be invited to experience the newly added UK and Italian Wi-Fi hotspots at no additional charge through June 30, 2005 (JST).
"The WBA continues to broaden the appeal of wireless broadband by linking member networks together, enabling seamless roaming and ensuring that a consistent user experience is reflected throughout the world," said Kyong Yu, chairman of the WBA. "Work has also started towards integrating our members' mobile and fixed networks into the wireless broadband networks so that users have greater choice of which network to access in order to remain connected."
Formed in March 2003, the WBA is one of the pioneers in Wi-Fi/WLAN services collaboration and is focused on improving five key areas for wireless broadband consumers: Global Coverage, Confidence in Quality, Reliability, True Mobility and Good Customer Experience.
Noriyuki Terada, Vice President of NTT Com and Executive Manager of the Ubiquitous Services Department, said, "As the global arm of the NTT Group, we are vigorously pursuing an expanded global footprint for our NTT Com Hotspot service. These new roaming arrangements demonstrate our commitment to ubiquitous broadband networks. We are delighted that Wi-Fi subscribers of participating WBA carriers can now roam our world-class, high-speed and secure network of more than 1,500 Hotspot locations throughout Japan."
NTT Com is a founding member and the only Japan-based member of the WBA.
For information on the WBA, please visit www.wirelessbroadbandalliance.com.
About NTT Com
NTT Communications is a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Corporation (NYSE: NTT) one of the world's largest telecommunications companies. NTT Com provides high-quality, technologically advanced network management, security and solution services to consumers, corporations and governments on a global basis, with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region. Its world-class backbone network, combined with the networks of partner companies around the world, offers access to more than 200 countries. NTT Com Group has more than 30 companies in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Americas. The company has garnered several awards for its leading edge technologies, outstanding performance and customer service, including "Best Global Carrier - 2004."
For more information, please visit http://www.ntt.com
About Wireless Broadband Alliance
Formed in March 2003, the Wireless Broadband Alliance was created to drive the adoption of wireless broadband technologies and services around the world by developing a common commercial, technical and marketing framework for wireless network interoperability. Its goal is to develop a global alliance of wireless providers that can truly deliver services that users can trust. It aims to provide a good customer experience and reliability for wireless broadband users worldwide.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance is formed by pioneers in the wireless broadband field, encompassing major players in the telecommunications field. Collectively, the Wireless Broadband Alliance operates over 35,000 wireless hotspots around the world.
For more information, please visit www.wirelessbroadbandalliance.com.