Nippon Telegraph and Telephone

In 2000, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone restructured in order to respond to market changes.

In 2000, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone restructured in order to respond to market changes. But unlike AT&T in the U.S., the parts of this telecom giant will remain under NTT Groups umbrella.

Changes to the business structure directed by President Jun-ichiro Miyazu included lowering charges for fixed-line telephone service; rolling out state-of-the art, 100-megabit-per-second, fiber-optic access; and internationalizing operations, primarily through NTT Communications and NTT DoCoMo.

NTT Group this year plans to make significant contributions to the governments e-Japan Strategy, which calls for always-on high-speed access to 40 million households within five years. To that end, NTT will further cut rates, continue fiber deployments and launch L-mode services. L-mode provides basic e-mail and browsing functions on specially equipped wireline phones. The company also expects to continue to roll out its IMT-2000 wireless network.

NTT Groups biggest advantage, the company says, is its holding company model, which sustains integrated R&D; provides a full-service product bundle; and allows quick organizational shifts in response to changing market conditions.