NTT to start fiber-optic Internet access service Aug. 1.
Regional carriers of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) said Thursday they will begin offering a full-scale fiber-optic Internet access service on Aug. 1.
NTT East Corp. hopes to win 200,000 subscribers by the March 31, 2002 end of fiscal 2001, while NTT West Corp. targets 100,000 subscribers.
The regional phone operators started the high-speed broadband service called B-Flet's on a trial basis last December. They initially planned to launch it on a commercial basis in July but postponed the launch date due a delay in construction work.
The full-scale, 24-hour hookup service will begin in limited areas of Tokyo and Osaka and will be expanded by stages.
Fee plans offered by the two NTT units include 5,000 yen per month for a service of 10 megabits per second and 9,000 yen for a service of 100 megabits per second, separate from fees payable to Internet service providers.
NTT East and NTT West also said they will lower monthly fees for Internet access services via their asymmetrical digital subscriber lines (ADSL) and integrated services digital networks (ISDN) to 3,800 and 3,300 yen, respectively, on July 16 from the current 4,050 and 3,600 yen.