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AIH to Launch 'A-Bone VoIP Service'.

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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 15, 2003

Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ, Nasdaq: IIJI), Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions provider, today announced that its 26.7% affiliate Asia Internet Holding Co., Ltd. (AIH) will launch "A-Bone VoIP Service", an Internet telephony service, starting on June 23, 2003. The service will leverage the A-Bone platform, an Internet backbone network that covers the Asia-pacific region.

The "A-Bone VoIP Service" is a wholesale service that targets telecommunication service operators such as Internet telephony service providers and carriers. The operators' VoIP Gateway will be connected to AIH's Gateway through the A-Bone network, which enables to provide high quality Internet telephony services to 239 countries and regions around the world at a reasonable cost. VoIP traffic is routed within the A-Bone which allows AIH to provide high quality voice service with lower latency and fewer packet losses as compared to the public Internet. The success of the VoIP service is realized to provide low cost by the cooperation with carries in Asian countries that connect to A-Bone. AIH is also planning to start a VoIP service for enterprises in Japan. AIH is planning to start a VoIP service for the enterprises in Japan, too. The VoIP Gateway is 'GSX 9000' which is a highly-evaluated product of Sonus Networks, Inc. in the United States and installed by Sumisho Electronics co., Ltd.

AIH believes the A-Bone is the premiere backbone infrastructure that supports the Internet in the Asian-pacific region and AIH has been providing connectivity and VPN service through it since its inception. By adding the VoIP service to its service line-up, AIH will further contribute to the expansion of the Internet in the region.

About AIH:

Asia Internet Holding Co., Ltd. (AIH) was established in 1995 to construct and operate "A-Bone", the Internet backbone network that covers 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:

Founded in 1992, Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI) is Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions provider. The company has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan, and between Japan and the United States. IIJ and its group of companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. Services 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 systems integration and security services, Internet access, hosting/housing, and content design.

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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