- NEC has initiated IP telephony trials for subscribers to its Biglobe Internet service. For this trial service, NEC will distribute IP telephony phone numbers and special modems to a maximum of 10,000 subscribers with ADSL connections to the Biglobe Internet service. The special phone numbers will be 11-digit numbers that begin with ô050.ö
- Ministry of Telecommunications to create a DSL standards committee. The ministry is taking over the work from the Telecommunications Technology Committee, a private Japanese telecom organization, in light of the difficulties that the committee faced in attempting to set standards.
- Tokyo Gas to switch its entire internal phone network to IP based telephones, to halve its roughly Ñ1...