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AIH Upgrades Its A-Bone Link for Malaysia's Jaring.

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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2002

Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ, Nasdaq: IIJI) today announced that its 26.7% affiliate Asia Internet Holding Co., Ltd. (AIH) has completed an upgrade of it's A-Bone link for Malaysia's Jaring to 45Mbps.

Jaring is one of the largest ISPs (Internet Service Provider) in Malaysia and a strategic business unit of MIMOS Berhad. With this expansion, A-Bone now operates a total of 90Mbps of capacity between Japan and Malaysia. In order to support the ever expanding growth of Internet in Malaysia and other Asian countries, AIH will continue to ramp up its A-Bone network as a central piece of Asian Internet infrastructure.

About Jaring:

Jaring has been in operation as a strategic business unit of MIMOS Berhad since 1991. It was the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Malaysia. It was also the first ISP in Southeast Asia to install the T3/45Mbps line to speed-up Internet access. In 1999, SuperJaring, the first long distance IP-over-Fiber 2.5Gbps nationwide backbone in the world, was put in place. As a pioneer in providing Internet access in Malaysia, Jaring is committed in exploring new technologies and setting standards to continuously improve its services. It is now the leading provider of VPN services in Malaysia. Other than Internet Access, Jaring also provides Internet-based Communication and Business Solutions services. Website: http://www.jaring.my/

About AIH:

Asia Internet Holding Co., Ltd. (AIH) was established in 1995, to construct and operate "A-Bone", the Internet backbone network covering the Asia Pacific region. A-Bone directly links countries in the region with high-speed and large-capacity circuits, which enables intra-Asian information traffic to be routed effectively. AIH is supported by shareholders in the region such as Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI; share holding ratio: 26.69%), Sumitomo Corporation (31.61%), NTT Communications, Itochu Corporation, Telekom Malaysia and Communications Authority of Thailand. Website: http://www.abone.net/

About IIJ:

Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI) is Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions provider. The company mainly targets high-end corporate customers. Founded in 1992, IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan, as well as between Japan and the United States. IIJ and its group of companies provide total network solutions that range from the delivery of new generation network services over an optical-fiber infrastructure that is optimized for data communications, to the construction of pan-Asian IP backbone networks. The company also offers high-quality Internet access, security system services, hosting/housing, and content design and systems integration.

The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.
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