December 10, 2009
<Topics> NTT Com MUSICO Joins UNICEF Charity Project
- Saving Children through "HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOWNLOAD for children"
NTT Communications (NTT Com) announced today that its online music store, Music Ocean (MUSICO), is participating in "HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOWNLOAD for children," a charity project organized by the Japan Committee for UNICEF through which musicians, recording companies and music retailers are donating money to improve the quality of life for impoverished children around the world.
People can visit a special webpage created by MUSICO to download a recording of Happy Birthday to You as a ringtone for their mobile phones. Each day the site offers a new version of the song recorded by a different participating artist. Customers pay 105 yen (including tax) per download, which MUSICO donates to UNICEF after deducting 5% Japanese consumption tax and the commission owed to the customer's mobile phone carrier. Starting today, customers can give friends the ringtones as thoughtful presents.
Please see more details about the project at www.unicef.or.jp/musicdl/index.html (in Japanese only).
The idea behind the project is to help more children celebrate birthdays. Of the children who die before age five every year, the largest group - some six million children - never even reach their first birthday. One of the goals established by the United Nations’ Millennium Summit in 2000 is to reduce child mortality by two-thirds, from 93 children of every 1,000 who died before age five in 1990 to 31 of every 1,000 by 2015.
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.