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November 28, 2000

NTT America Announces Key Appointments To Support Company's U.S. Expansion; NTT America taps Seasoned Executives to serve as VP Business Development and VP of Sales

NEW YORK, NY - NTT America, the U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications, the world's largest telecommunications carrier, today announced the appointment of Tom O'Connor as vice president of business development and product management and Bart Hickenlooper as vice president of west coast sales. The two executives' charter will be to continue NTT America's rapid expansion into U.S. markets, while bolstering the company's presence in existing metropolitan areas. "We are fortunate to have theexperience and knowledge that Tom and Bart bring to our expanding team of seasoned experts," said Dave Ryan, executive vice president of NTT America. "Their rich industry background will bring added resources to NTT America and contribute to our ongoing U.S. expansion.

Tom O'Connor will be responsible for NTT America's business development activities, including wholesale product development as well as establishing an IPL service product via correspondent relationships and agreements. Tom is also a key part of NTT America's strategy to expand Arcstar coverage in international and domestic markets via wholesale agreements. Before joining NTT America, Tom worked for Global Crossing as Senior Director of International Cost Optimization. In that role, Tom was responsible for establishing interconnects, resale arrangements and internal processes to optimize the cost of International Voice services. Prior to that, Tom held senior positions at Global One and Sprint International.

Bart Hickenlooper has been promoted to vice president of west coast sales, where he is responsible for is responsible for building and managing all sales activities west of the Mississippi River, promoting NTT America's Arcstar services as well as coordinating activities involving NTT capabilities for customers. Bart works out of NTT America's Mountain View, CA office. He joined NTT America from Qwest Communications, where he most recently served as Sales Director. In that role, Bart was responsible for all sales initiatives. Prior to that, Bart worked as Senior Technical Consultant for MCI WorldCom. He began his sales career at MCI where he held the position of National/Major Account Manager. In addition to Bart's professional experience, he has an esteemed knowledge of the Japanese language and culture. He won the Japan Society National Japanese speech competition in 1989 and 1990. Bart is a member of the Japan Society ofSan Francisco.

Today's announcement comes on the heels of several significant expansion-related announcements this year by NTT America, including the opening of new sales offices in Seattle and Chicago, and the launch of a new network node in Los Angeles. The company also recently announced the opening of two full service colocation facilities, one in San Jose, California and the other in New York. The two new colocation facilities currently provide NTT America customers with domestic and international frame relay, ATM and private leased line services.

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