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August 07, 2001

Tom Dawson Joins NTT America's Los Angeles Office as Regional Sales Director

Seasoned Telecommunications Manager Strengthens NTT America's West Coast Presence

NEW YORK, NY - NTT America, the U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, the international and long distance service arm of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation: the largest telecommunications company in the world, today announced the appointment of Tom Dawson to regional sales director for Los Angeles. In this position, Tom will be responsible for sales operations in southern California and other key Southwest markets such as Phoenix, AZ. Dawson brings more than 20 years of sales and sales management experience to NTT America.

"With Tom's rich background at some of the finest telecommunication carriers, he will bring seasoned expertise to NTT America and contribute to our ongoing expansion," said Dave Ryan, EVP of NTT America. "His appointment marks another important milestone in the development of NTT America and demonstrates once again our ability to attract high caliber talent to our organization."

Tom Dawson will be responsible for building and managing all sales activities related to NTT America's Arcstar services within the Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix markets. Before joining NTT America, Dawson was regional manager for data and global business solutions for WorldCom in southern California. At WorldCom, Dawson focused on sales of both traditional core data products such as frame, ATM and private line as well as newer, Internet-centric services like virtual private networks (VPNs), hosting and collocation.

"This is a great time to be joining NTT America," said Dawson. "NTT is a company that is passionate about its customers and its people, which are both critical to success in today's demanding marketplace. The NTT America team offers its clients the passion and excitement of a start-up, coupled with the history and stability of NTT, a brand with over 100 years of experience in telecommunications. I'm very excited to be part of the team."

About NTT America
NTT America, Inc. is North America's natural gateway to the Asia Pacific, the world's fastest growing market. As a leading provider of global business connectivity, NTT America provides world-class network services and support, as well as unmatched market knowledge that enables companies to expand their business throughout Asia and around the world. NTT America's Arcstar family of services includes managed network services, systems integration, collocation, and 24-hour support as well as a single point of contact for reliable end-to-end connectivity.

About NTT Communications
NTT Communications, a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, provides long distance and international telecommunications reaching over 200 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, NTT Communications' Arcstar services operate in about 50 countries and have significant presence in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe. Arcstar global services provide managed data, multimedia and Internet services to some of the largest companies in the world. NTT Communications, with the OCN brand, is already one of the largest ISPs in Japan. Together with Verio, the Denver-based global tier one ISP acquired last September, NTT Communications will immediately provide customers of all sizes in the U.S., Japan, and throughout Asia with a complete range of Internet-based business services - from high-quality IP network services including global connectivity, network management and IP-VPN, to advanced Web-based business solutions, including Web-hosting and e-commerce platforms. For more information about NTT Communications, visit the company's Web site at

For more information or to speak with an NTT America executive, please contact:

Meghan Fuller
GCI Group

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