May 14, 2009
NTT Com Launches WLAN Roaming in Switzerland
TOKYO, JAPAN - NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today an agreement with leading Swiss telecom service provider Swisscom (Switzerland) Ltd. and wireless Internet service provider Monzoon Networks AG to enable NTT Com customers travelling in Switzerland to use wireless local area network (WLAN) access points for data roaming, effective immediately.
The service is available to subscribers of any NTT Com WLAN service in Japan, namely HOTSPOT, HOTSPOT Express, OPEN Plan or OPEN Plan Light. The customer simply inputs their regular HOTSPOT login ID and password to use about 1,200 Swisscom access points in airports, rail stations, Swiss Federal Railways InterCity trains, hotels, cafes, etc. and 580 Monzoon access points in cafes, universities, hotels and more. Monzoon’s network even includes certain areas outside of Switzerland, such as in neighboring Lichtenstein.
Subscribers can use the service without application and there is no startup fee. The access charge is just 25 yen (tax free) per minute.
As a special promotion, Global Roaming ia Swisscom and Monzoon access points in the month of May will be free of charge (excludes access by Global Roaming (iPass)).
NTT Com has global roaming arrangements with British Telecom (UK), China Mobile (China), Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile Group (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands, UK and USA), iPass (USA), KT (South Korea), Maxis (Malaysia), StarHub (Singapore), Tata Communications (India), Telecom Italia (Italy) and TMN (Portugal), all of which, as well as Swisscom, are members of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). The WBA, a leading inter-company organization in the WLAN service industry, includes world-class telecom operators, equipment makers and service providers in Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe. NTT Com is a co-founder of the WBA and the only Japanese member. For further information, please visit www.wballiance.net.
About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides a broad range of global networks, management solutions and IT services to customers worldwide. The company is renowned for reliable, high-quality security, hosting, voice, data and IP services, as well as expertise in managed networks and leadership in IPv6 transit technology. NTT Communications’ extensive infrastructure includes Arcstar™ Global IP-VPN and Global e-VLAN, as well as a Tier-1 IP backbone reaching more than 150 countries in partnership with major Internet service providers, and secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Communications 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.