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March 24, 2008

The Planet Chooses NTT America to Deliver IPv6 Functionality to its Network

Leading Innovators Join Forces to Bring Next Generation Internet to Broad Customer Base

New York and Houston – The Planet, the world’s largest privately held dedicated hosting company, and NTT America, Inc. (NTTA), a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation and a global enterprise solution provider that integrates networks, hosting and Web infrastructure services, announced today that The Planet will offer its more than 22,000 customers access to IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol. Development on the project begins immediately, and The Planet expects to announce availability in late 2008.

IPv6 provides a vast improvement over the current IPv4, deployed in the 1980s, by increasing address space, providing support for mobile devices, and improving quality of service and data security.

“One of our top priorities at The Planet is to make sure all of our customers have access to the best technologies to keep their businesses competitive now and in the future,” said Stan Barber, vice president, Network Operations, at The Planet. “As the Internet grows in complexity and becomes even more ubiquitous, we’re looking to the future so that we are fully prepared to meet the vast needs of our customers. Working with NTT America allows us to add the considerable benefits of IPv6 to The Planet’s network and to help our customers prepare for the continued impact the Internet will have on their companies.”

As one of the first hosting companies to announce its plans for IPv6, The Planet continues to provide enhancements that give current customers methodologies to be ready today and for the future. By adding NTT America’s IPv6 transit to The Planet network, The Planet will be able to offer each hosting customer an innovative, dual-stack approach, which provides the most efficient approach for using both IPv4 and IPv6 simultaneously.

NTT Communications Group has been directly involved with the development and deployment of IPv6 technology since 1996. With the launch of IPv6 transit services in 2001 and the first IPv6 managed firewall solution in 2005, which was provided by NTT America, the NTT Communications Group established itself as the global leader in commercial IPv6 managed services solutions.

“As the operator of the world’s largest commercial IPv6 network and with more than ten years of direct involvement with its development and deployment, we are pleased to be able to be working with The Planet to create long-term sustainable growth for their customers on the Internet,” said Michael Wheeler, vice president of Sales and Business Development at NTT America. “We continue to be committed to bringing superior technology, solutions and services to our customers worldwide.”

The NTT Communications Group provides IPv6 Gateway services that are available globally and allow enterprises to connect to the world’s only commercial-grade Global Tier One IPv6 Backbone operating in four continents—North America, Europe, Asia and Australia—and serving thousands of customers. In addition, NTT has improved upon the inherent security features of IPv6 with the creation of its IntelliSecurity IPv6 Managed Firewall solution. The solution complements the NTT Communications Group’s existing suite of managed IPv6 Gateway Services, and satisfies the need for increased security for IPv6 users. NTT America also provides IPv6 transition solutions through its IPv6 Transition Consultancy, which supports companies’ and federal agencies’ smooth transition to the upgraded IPv6 network with specialized products and knowledge accumulated through the NTT Communications Group’s successful commercial implementation of IPv6 technology.

About The Planet
The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 6.7 million Web sites worldwide. By offering the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and unmatched network connectivity, The Planet helps turn information technology into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to successfully grow their businesses. For additional information, visit www.theplanet.com.

About NTT America, Inc.
NTT America is North America’s natural gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, with strong capabilities in the U.S. market. NTT America is the U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, the global data and IP services arm of the Fortune Global 500 telecom leader: Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT America provides world-class enterprise hosting, managed network, and IP networking services for enterprise customers and service providers worldwide. For additional information on NTT America, visit us on the Web at www.nttamerica.com.

U.S. Product information regarding the NTT Communications Global IP Network and its award-winning IPv6 transit services may be found at www.us.ntt.net, by calling 877-8NTT-NET (868-8638), or by emailing sales@us.ntt.net.

NTT, NTT Communications, and the NTT Communications logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION and/or its affiliates. All other referenced product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2008 NTT Communications Corporation.

Company Contact:
Christopher Davis
NTT America
(214) 915-1354
cdavis@us.ntt.net

IPv6 Media Contact:
Joya Subudhi
Subudhi Consulting Group
for NTT America
(804) 440-4269
joya@subudhi.com

Media Contact:
Jamie Renninger
Financial Dynamics
For NTT America
(212) 850-5658

The Planet Contact:
Katie Solan
The Planet
(281) 714-3622
ksolan@theplanet.com

Media Contact:
Catherine Leahy
GlobalFluency
for The Planet
(650) 433-4150
cleahy@globalfluency.com


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