News Release

December 9, 1999

Trial Implementation of ADSL Internet Access Service

NTT East and NTT West are planning to initiate a flat-rate ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) Internet access service on a trial basis beginning late this month.

1. ADSL Access Service Overview

(1) Service outline
The service will provide Internet access over digital lines with asymmetric upstream and downstream transmission speeds. Key features are outlined below.

First, various technical challenges are involved, including potential interference with our ISDN services. Accordingly, the ADSL service initially will be provided in limited areas and for a limited time chiefly to test the technology, ensure sound operation, and gauge trends in demand.

The trial program will comprise two types of ADSL service. Under the Type 1 service arrangement, ADSL modems for use by participating subscribers will be installed by NTT. Under the Type 2 service, however, the ADSL modems will be installed by Internet service providers (ISPs), and the connection to each subscriber line will be made through main distribution frames (MDFs) at the corresponding central office.

The Type 1 and Type 2 services will both have two subtypes. The first subtype will be shared with regular subscriber phone sets and phone lines, and the second subtype will be exclusively for ADSL connections alone. In particular, the Type 2, subtype 1 (i.e., Type 2-1) variant of the service will be the world's first test of a line-sharing configuration.

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< Diagram of ADSL Network Installation >

Diagram of ADSL Network Installation
1. ADSL modems (and ADSL transceiver units at the central office end) are devices that utilize ADSL technology for communications purposes.
2. Splitters are devices used to superimposing or split phone (low-frequency) and data (high-frequency) transmissions sharing the same line.

(2) Terms and conditions for service

<1>Service framework

ADSL Access Service

 Type 1 service (ADSL modem installed in subscriber's home by NTT)
Type 1-1 (shared with subscriber's regular phone line)
Type 1-2 (not shared with subscriber's regular phone line)

 Type 2 service (ADSL modem installed by subscriber's ISP; connection into central office MDF)
Type 2-1 (shared with subscriber's regular phone line)
Type 2-1-1 (splitter installed by NTT)
Type 2-1-2 (splitter installed by ISP)
Type 2-2 (not shared with subscriber's regular phone line)

<2>Transmission speeds

For Type 1 services
Downstream (from NTT central office to subscriber's home): 512 kbits/sec (max)
Upstream (from subscriber's home to NTT central office): 224 kbits/sec (max)

For Type 2 services
Dependent on terms of subscriber contract with ISP.

<3>Under certain circumstances, interference from other communications lines may result in poor ADSL throughput speeds or prevent ADSL connections entirely. For this reason, the trial service will be provided without any guarantee of connection quality.

<4>Line-sharing with ISDN service is not feasible.

(3) Trial service areas

Service will be offered in the areas managed by the following central offices. Please see Supplement 1 for a full listing of all area codes to be covered.

Central offices in Tokyo
Kayaba-kabuto, Aoyama, Mita, Yotsuya, Yodobashi, and Ikebukuro (Chuo, Minato, Shinjuku, Shibuya, and Toshima Wards of Tokyo)

Central offices in Osaka
Osaka-chuo, Higashi, Osaka-kita, Kita, and Osaka-yodogawa (Chuo, Kita, and Yodogawa Wards of Osaka)

Central offices in Oita Pref.
Oita-funai (in City of Oita)

(4) Trial service period
About one year, effective from late December 1999

(5) Fees during trial service period

The tables below list the fees applicable to the provision of this trial service. Participating subscribers will also be responsible for any fees separately assessed by their ISPs.

<1>Monthly service fees
Type of service Line usage fee Line-terminating equipment usage fee (Note 1)
Type 1 service
(ADSL modem
installed in
subscriber's home
by NTT)
Type 1-1 (Note 2)
(shared with subscriber's regular phone line)
4,300 yen 800 yen
Type 1-2 (Note 3)
(not shared with subscriber's regular phone line)
6,000 yen 700 yen
Type 2 service
(ADSL modem
installed by
subscriber's ISP;
connection into
central office MDF)
Type 2-1 (Note 2)
(shared with
subscriber's regular
phone line)
Type 2-1-1
(splitter installed by NTT)
1,000 yen 100 yen
Type 2-1-2(splitter installed by ISP) 800 yen --
Type 2-2(Note 3)
(not shared with subscriber's regular phone line)
2,600 yen --

1. For ADSL modems and splitters.
2. Does not include metallic line depreciation or maintenance costs. Fees reflect additional costs anticipated with the provision of ADSL service.
3. No equipment-related fees required.

<2>Installation fees
Fee category Installation fee
(Note 1)
New applications For Type 1 services Type 1-1 19,300 yen
Type 1-2 16,800 yen
For Type 2 services Type 2-1 Type 2-1-1 13,100 yen
Type 2-1-2 2,800 yen (Note 3)
Type 2-2 2,000 yen (Note 3)
For line conditioning (Note 2) Base conditioning fee
(for tests of transmission speed, quality, etc.)
13,600 yen
Extra fees MDF-end adjustments 9,100 yen
Bridge tap removal 9,100 yen

1. The above fees are for standard installations, only. In practice, customers will be billed for the installation work actually required.
2. In principle, conditioning will be made on request: for example, in the event a subscriber experiences poor ADSL transmission speeds.
3. For installation-related work at the central office end.

<3>Contract fee: \800

2. Service-related Queries

We will begin accepting service-related queries from December 10. For query-related contact points and other information, please see Supplement 2.

- ( Supplement 1) Service Areas and Area Codes Slated for Provision of Trial ADSL Access Service
- ( Supplement 2) Query-related information

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