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NTT Communications, NEC and IIGA Launch Research Institute in Okinawa

*** For immediate use May 31, 2013

May 31, 2013
NTT Communications
NEC Corporation
IIGA Co., Ltd.

TOKYO, JAPAN - NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), NEC Corporation (NEC) and IIGA Co., Ltd. (IIGA) announced today that the Okinawa Open Laboratory, which they jointly established to develop software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing technologies, began operating today at Okinawa IT Shinryo Park in Okinawa Prefecture.

The laboratory will invite engineers from private companies and academic organizations in Japan and other countries to work at the facility on the development of SDN and cloud-computing technologies and verification for commercial use. Study results will be distributed widely to the public. SDN and cloud-computing technologies have great potential for use in next-generation ICT infrastructure, but many challenges must still be overcome to fulfill the needs of providers and end users.

The three companies set up the Okinawa Open Laboratory in cooperation with Okinawa Prefecture, which aims to become a leading ICT base in Asia. Yukio Ito, Senior Vice President and concurrently Director of Service Infrastructure at NTT Com, is directing the facility.

As part of the Okinawa Smart Hub Concept promoted by Okinawa city, one of the aims of the facility is to create an environment where researchers from Asian countries can work on developing next-generation ICT technologies.


About NTT Communications Corporation
NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company’s worldwide infrastructure, including leading global tier-1 IP network, Arcstar Universal One(TM) VPN network reaching 160 countries/regions, and over 140 secure data centers. NTT Communications’ solutions leverage the global resources of NTT Group companies including Dimension Data, NTT DOCOMO and NTT DATA. Further information: | |

NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society.  For more information, visit NEC at

iiga Corporation
IIGA has been developing network-related software and integrating OSS related products since its establishment in 1994. Today, the company also provides solutions for both domestic and international telecom carriers. Our "Visual OSS" has been used by a variety of telecom carriers, including NTT group companies. In 2012, "Visual OSS" became available in a cloud data center edition. IIGA is also developing the Cloud-based DPI Engines, "SmartFlow Tracker" and "Flow Corrector" for the SDN field.