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A week in Japanese tech

Telecommunications

- NTT's two regional telephone companies will provide a low-cost Internet access service using wireless local area network technology. NTT East Corp. plans to launch a test service with a monthly fee of under Y500 in late May, while NTT West Corp. will start a commercial service at around Y1,000 per month in June.

- Power companies preparing to gradually integrate their telecommunications businesses. The companies have a combined fiber-optic network totaling more than 200,000km, rivaling that of NTT's combined 240,000km, and surpassing that of KDDI and Japan Telecom. Tokyo Telecommunication Network will first integrate its business with Poweredcom as early as the spring of 2003.

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