April 13, 2009
MVNO Service to Offer Flat-rate Plans & Greater Connectivity
TOKYO, JAPAN - NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today that it has begun accepting subscriptions to its new flat-rate billing plans for "Mobile/Remote Access DOCOMO Model," a service for secure broadband access, including via NTT DOCOMO’s 3.5G high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) network, to NTT Com-provided virtual private networks (VPN).
NTT Com also announced that connection to the service is now possible via wireless routers, and that the service is compatible with telemetering systems for machine-to-machine transmission of data.
The two new flat-rate plans, named "Mobile Flat Plan (d)" and "Mobile W Flat Plan (d)", will be launched on April 14 and in September respectively. The benefits of each plan will depend on the customer’s level of use. The monthly charge for "Mobile Flat Plan (d)" is 4,980 yen (excluding tax), while the charge for "Mobile W Flat Plan (d)" will range from 2,480 yen to 5,630 yen, according to the level of use. A separate monthly charge of 700 yen (excluding tax) will be billed for each VPN ID.
As a special promotion, the first 100 customers who register for "Mobile Flat Plan (d)" by September 30 will be charged only 2,980 yen per month over the entire period of their initial contract. For more details, visit: www.ntt.com/vpn/ubiquitous/campaign.html (Japanese only).
Wireless router connectivity now is available as a primary means of connection to the service in locations where wired broadband is unavailable, or when the user must remain physically mobile. This option also can used as a backup if the user’s regular access line fails.
Compatibility with telemetering systems enables the service to be used for machine-to-machine communication applications, such as the monitoring of vending machine stock, electricity and gas meters or measurement data, the transmission of machine-generated warnings, and more. Telemetering charges will vary according to the conditions of each system.
The service, which NTT Com will provide as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), will be expanded through partnerships in a number of fields for increased compatibility with telemetering systems. NTT Com also plans to expand the lineup of compatible mobile handsets by releasing original models or introducing lower-priced models. In addition, a new service package offering rental routers is expected to be released in the foreseeable future.
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.