July 16, 2009
NTT Com to Offer Wide-area Ethernet via Broadband IP Network
NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced today that it will provide a wide-area Ethernet service using inexpensive broadband IP access lines for enterprise customers nationwide in Japan, beginning July 17.
The service, named Group-Ether, is a best-effort service offering low-cost nationwide network coverage by taking advantage of broadband access lines that NTT Com’s sister companies NTT East and NTT West provide with certain versions of their FLET’S-branded Internet access services.
Group-Ether provides a Layer 2 connectivity, giving users flexibility in choosing their network’s design and communications protocol.
NTT Com already offers a wide-area Ethernet service, named e-VLAN, with guaranteed quality and burstable bandwidth, suited to large facilities requiring high-end network performance. The addition of Group-Ether will give customers a relatively low-cost alternative for smaller offices and facilities where network requirements are less demanding. Offices will be able to interconnect their e-VLAN and Group-Ether networks from the third quarter of 2009.
NTT Com will provide Group-Ether customers with one-stop service covering applications, billing and troubleshooting, as well as FLET’S access line, dedicated converter and network.
The service fee will vary depending on the type of service, bandwidth and access line. In the case of a Main-Category service type using Economy Plan bandwidth and a FLET’S Hikari Next Family Type access line, the monthly service fee will be 18,900 yen (tax included).
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.