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Japan Telecom: emerging into NTT's main competitor
01 October 1999
Japan Telecom was founded in 1984 as one of the new long-distance carriers. Following a merger with International Japan Telecom in 1997, it began to offer international services. In 1999 it entered into a strategic agreement with British Telecom and AT&T. The president of Japan Telecom, Haruo Murakami, talks to Basil Ballhatchet about developments.
Japan Telecom was formed in 1984 as a long-distance carrier
from the former Japanese National Railways, as Japan began to
deregulate its telecoms sector. In August 1986 the operator was
the first company to introduce leased circuit services between
Tokyo and Osaka. In November 1992 it completed work on its
nation-wide digital network, composed primarily of fibre-optic
cables. In September 1994 the company's shares began to be
traded publicly on the second sections of the Tokyo Stock
Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange. In September 1996 the
shares were listed on the first sections of these exchanges.
In October 1997 the operator pioneered a new era of reform
in Japanese telecoms through a merger with International
Telecom Japan. As a seamless carrier of domestic and
international services, it became the main challenger to NTT.
In April 1999 Japan Telecom consolidated its position as the
number one alternative carrier to NTT by entering into a
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