|October 25, 2007|
Application for Approval of Business Expansion Services to Provide Commercial Services Using Next Generation Network
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (NTT East) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation (NTT West) have applied today to the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) for approval of business expansion services* to offer inter-prefectural transmission and others used for introducing commercial services using next generation networks (NGNs), which will provide larger capacity and higher performance in comparison to the existing IP network, and provide more reliable and convenient IP and broadband services.
1. Application Summary
The application seeks approval from the MIC to provide inter-prefectural transmission services and set charges for telecommunications services provided by other carriers. The approval is necessary for the introduction of NGN commercial services (FLET'S service, Hikari Denwa, and Ethernet Service).
2. Overview of Commercial Services Using NGN
(1) Basic Concept
The information communications industry provides diverse services, such as voice and data transmission as well as best-effort and guaranteed services benefiting from broadband and ubiquitous development utilizing IP technology. Further developments such as fixed-mobile convergence and cooperation between communication and broadcasting industry are expected.
In the dramatic changes in technology and market environment, NTT East and NTT West recognized the expectation to improve customer convenience and contribute to the vitalization and advancement of the information communications industry in Japan by providing a wide array of broadband services partnering up with various groups to meet increasingly sophisticated and diverse customer needs.
To meet these expectations, we will interconnect with other carriers' networks under the keywords "open" and "collaboration", and work with other industries to create new services and added value so that the NGN can serve a greater number of customers.
To deliver such diverse broadband and ubiquitous network services, NTT East and NTT West will ensure sustained end-to-end quality of services (QoS) with network control functions, incorporate high-speed broadband IP technology, and provide advanced reliability and security with a network structure intended for large-scale networks.
(2) Service Description
NTT East and NTT West will use the NGN to continue providing the existing services, and also plan to offer new QoS with a broader bandwidth.
The new QoS will pave the way for high quality IP telephony with dramatically improved voice quality, enabling clear conversation, broadband video phones offering smooth motion video, and high-definition unicast and multicast telecommunication services for content providers and broadcasters.
(3) NGN Overview
NTT East and NTT West's NGN will involve upgrading and increasing of capacity to the current IP network (regional IP and Hikari Denwa networks) and it will be created as a separate network to the existing PSTN network.
In making the transition from the existing IP network to the NGN, the old and new networks will overlap for a time to avoid interruption of service and to meet new demands. The transition will begin with the Hikari Denwa relays transitioning over to NGN equipment and will be complete when the existing IP network, including the edge router, is replaced by NGN.
3. Planned Schedule
Once approval has been received and preparations are complete, NTT East will commence the service in certain parts of the Tokyo metropolitan area and NTT West will do the same in certain parts of Osaka metropolis (planned schedule: March 2008).
4. Open Network
As each carrier has built its own end-to-end IP networks, communication between carriers are done by interconnecting respective autonomous IP networks. In this type of configuration, it is essential that network subscribers can communicate smoothly through the utilization of interconnection between carriers, and as such, we believe the carriers need to make their interfaces known publicly.
Based on such understanding, NTT East and NTT West announced the interface specifications in July 2006 and launched the NGN field trials from December 2006 in which 29 companies are participating.
When the service is launched commercially, we will disclose the interface conditions, connection points and other connection conditions on the following websites.
This will mean that in addition to the ISP and interconnection gateway switch (IGS) interconnection that have been used in practice so far, the Network-Network Interface (NNI) for direct interconnection between IP networks (IP to IP connection) will also be made available to other carriers. For general customers and content providers, user-network interface (UNI) and application server-network interface (SNI) information will be made available. The interface conditions will basically be the same as in the trials.
An information session meeting for carriers is scheduled for November 8, 2007.
When details for participation is decided, the information will be posted on the website.
* Business Expansion Services
Telecommunications and other services provided by NTT East and NTT West that utilize the facilities or technologies owned or personnel employed for the operation of regional telecommunication services.