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News Release

February 27, 2008


NOTICE REGARDING PROGRESS ON PLAN TO PROVIDE NEXT-GENERATION NETWORK ("NGN") COMMERCIAL SERVICES


Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation ("NTT West") has been working in "open collaboration" with partners in different fields and from different industries in connection with its proposed NGN commercial services in order to provide more customers with more convenient and secure IP and broadband services. NTT West hereby announces the current status of its plan for providing NGN commercial services.


1. NGN Commercial Services
(1) Name of NGN Commercial Services
Combining the cutting edge nature of NGN and our comprehensive brand name for optical services, "FLET'S Hikari", NTT West has decided the name for NGN commercial optical broadband services brand to be "FLET'S Hikari Next."

(2) Aspects of NGN Commercial Services
In addition to the existing "best efforts" services and Hikari IP Phone, NTT West will offer a wide variety of new services that utilize the quality of service ("QoS") functions and large bandwidth that is unique to NGN. In particular, NTT West plans to launch new services such as a clearer high-quality sound Hikari Denwa, Hi-Vision quality video telephone, high-quality VoD in collaboration video distribution businesses, and retransmission services of digital terrestrial television over IP.

In the months ahead, NTT West, in collaboration with partners in different fields and industries, aims to create a variety of new, user friendly services that further utilizes the unique functions of the NGN, to expand service-lineups and to provide networks of a greater reliability to the customers, by using highly-dependable equipments of carrier grade, providing redundant telecommunication line and equipments, and securing larger capacity.


2. Timing of Commercialization and Areas of Deployment
NTT West plans to introduce FLET'S and Hikari Denwa services in certain areas of Osaka Prefecture (i.e. NGN field trial areas) at the end of March 2008 and will commence deployment in Osaka 06 areas, ordinance-designated cities and certain cities with prefectural government offices during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009.

Thereafter, the expansion is planned to cover NTT West's current FLET'S Hikari service area by the end of fiscal year ending March 31, 2011.

* For further details on items 1 and 2 above, please see the attached reference materials(PDF:991KB).

Note: Service charges and other conditions for provision of services as set forth on these pages (including the reference materials) indicate charges and other conditions contemplated as of February 27, 2008. Actual service charges and conditions for the proposed NGN commercial services commencing at the end of March 2008 may be different.


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