Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (NTT East) began providing the FLET'S Series of flat-rate network access services in November 1999, by means of regional IP networks installed in each prefecture. Since then, the demands for advanced information technology and broadband communications have grown rapidly. To meet increasingly diverse customer needs, NTT East plans to offer wide-area (inter-prefecture) connections to these networks, as detailed below, and has today applied to the Minister of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications for approval of the service.*
1. Service Description and Rates
Access to the regional IP networks currently deployed in individual prefectures is to be expanded across the entire NTT East service area, making available inter-prefecture FLET'S services as follows. The rate plans for Internet service provider (ISP) connections are shown in Attachments 1 and 2.
ISPs that provide services in more than one prefecture, who presently connect individually to the regional IP network in each prefecture, will have the option under the new plan of connecting to the regional IP networks throughout the entire NTT East service area through a single point of interface (POI). (See Attachment 1.)
||New options for interconnections between ISPs and regional IP networks
Meeting the needs of enterprises wishing to configure networks that link sites in different prefectures, FLET'SOffice service will offer a new option enabling communications across prefectures, in addition to the present service limited to communications within the same prefecture. (See Attachment 2.)
||Wide-area provision of FLET'SOffice service
The new wide-area plan will enable one-on-one IP communications across prefectures by customers of FLET'SConnect, while making it possible for FLET'SGroup Access customers to expand their corporate networks across prefectures.
||Wide-area provision of FLET'SConnect, FLET'SGroup Access, and FLET'SOn Demand services
In the case of FLET'SOn Demand content delivery service, content providers located in just one prefecture within the NTT East service area will be able to reach customers throughout the entire area with their offerings. (See Attachment 2.)
2. Deployment Schedule (Tentative)
NTT East plans to roll out the service in the greater Tokyo area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama Prefectures) in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002, and to expand it throughout the NTT East service early in fiscal 2003.
*NTT East is required to obtain Minister approval before offering new telecommunications services that make use of the facilities, technology, and personnel it administers for the sake of providing local telecommunications services.