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March 19, 2002

NTT America Launches International Network Gateway in Chicago

Full Service Node To Extend First Class Communication Services to Midwestern Region.

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 opening of an international network operation and gateway center in Chicago. The latest node in the NTT America network, it has been installed to support the business interests of Midwestern-based multinational corporations with desired connections to Europe and Asia.

NTT America's network operations centers provide secure, reliable and scalable network infrastructure solutions under its Arcstar family of services, including managed data and IP network services, systems integration, collocation and 24-hour support as well as a single point of contact for reliable end-to-end connectivity. Through this gateway, customers in this region enjoy significant cost reduction by having the ability to simply "plug-in" to the Arcstar global backbone network.

"The addition of the new network operations and gateway hub in Chicago further strengthens our ability to service the diversified manufacturing, financial, and professional service industries in the Midwest since Chicago is the solid No.2 in the financial services industry with 5 exchanges in town, and home to many law, accounting, consulting, and advertising firms," said Dave Ryan, executive vice president of NTT America. "Our world-class centers are built to deliver the highest standards in security, reliability and scalability and are an integral part of our commitment to meet the needs of multi-national corporations by delivering the services necessary for them to succeed."

At a time when many competitors are closing data centers and constricting their points of presence, NTT America is continuing to establish and expand its presence across the United States.

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 is providing 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

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