March 18, 2009
NTT Com to Offer IPv4/IPv6 Dual-stack Corporate VPN
TOKYO, JAPAN - NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today that it will launch an Internet-protocol (IP) virtual private network (VPN) service that supports both conventional IPv4 and next-generation IPv6 protocols for enterprise customers in Japan, beginning March 23.
This will be the country’s first commercial IPv6-compatible IP-VPN service based on Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS).
The IPv4/IPv6 dual-stack connectivity will be available as an option for Arcstar™ IP-VPN services. It will enable both IPv4 and IPv6 to be used on a single network, allowing enterprise customers to continue using IPv4 while introducing IPv6 for a relatively low cost.
With IP addresses nearing exhaustion in the IPv4 world, there is a growing need for enterprise network services that are compatible with IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol that offers a massive capacity for new addresses as well as enhanced network security.
NTT Com began providing Arcstar IP-VPN with IPv6 connectivity on a trial basis in September 2007. It will now apply the know-how and experience gained during the trial toward its commercial dual-stack service.
Arcstar IP-VPN have been Japan’s most popular corporate IP-VPN service for seven consecutive years, according to a survey conducted by Nikkei Communications magazine in September 2008.
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Com delivers high-quality voice, data and IP services to customers around the world. The company is renowned for its diverse information and communication services, expertise in managed networks, hosting and IP networking services, and industry leadership in IPv6 transit technology. The company’s extensive global infrastructure includes Arcstar™ private networks and a Tier 1 IP backbone (connected with major ISPs worldwide), both reaching more than 150 countries, as well as secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Com is the wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world’s largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit www.ntt.com/index-e.html.