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NTT, TransTeleCom Team

TOKYO and MOSCOW -- NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and Closed Joint Stock Company TransTeleCom (TTC), Russia's leading backbone telecom operator, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding strategic partnerships for mutual data network business development. The companies will start exploring mutually advantageous business opportunities such as data/IP network services.

The cooperation's development covers interconnecting MPLS* networks, IP Transit and IPL beginning early next year. The MPLS network interconnection will enable both companies to increase network coverage through a seamless international network spanning most of the Asia-Pacific region and Russia.

According to the research consultancy Yankee Group, inter-regional dependency is growing swiftly: More than 80% of Western European companies already have network connectivity to Asia, and 42% of these companies plan to increase trans-continental bandwidth capacity by the end of 2006. Among Asia Pacific companies, of which 76% have network connectivity to Europe, 28% will increase trans-continental capacity in 2006.**

"The interconnection enables us to expand our international outreach by taking advantage of NTT Com's unrivaled coverage of the Asia-Pacific region," stated Sergey Lipatov, President of TransTeleCom.

NTT Group (NYSE: NTT)

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