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NTT Communications Sets New Industry Benchmark with Hong Kong's First Financial Data Centre

    NTT Communications Sets New Industry Benchmark with Hong Kong's First
                            Financial Data Centre

  PR Newswire

  HONG KONG, May 31, 2013

- Over 80% of Phase One Capacity Reserved Prior to Launch Indicates Robust
Industry Demand -

HONG KONG, May 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --NTT Communications Corporation
strengthens Hong Kong SAR's strategic claim as Asia's pre-eminent financial
market and ICT Hub with the unveiling of the new Hong Kong Financial Data
Centre (FDC (TM)). Leveraging the company's wide, ultra-low latency networks
and close proximity to the data centre operations of regional exchanges, the
purpose-built data centre offers top-notch IT and network infrastructure to
address the growing needs for industries like finance and cloud business with
the most stringent requirements. The Tier IV* ready FDC offers 100% uptime
service level and unrivalled security measures to protect the mission-critical
data assets of enterprises.

(Photo: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201305312234/ )

Phase One of the FDC was opened with impressive prestige on 31 May 2013. Akira
Arima, the President & CEO of NTT Communications and Takanobu Maeda, President
& CEO, NTT Com Asia Limited officiated the grand opening ceremony and were
joined by guests-of-honour:

  *Ambassador Hitoshi Noda, Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in
    Hong Kong
  *Ms. Susie Ho Shuk-yee, JP, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and
    EconomicDevelopment (Communications and Technology)
  *Mr. Charles Mok, a Member of the Legislative Council (IT Functional
    Constituency);

During the opening remarks, Ms. Ho said, "The Hong Kong Government is
committed to promoting the development of high-tier data centres. Today the
Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate houses a cluster of 12 high-tier data centres,
occupying a total of 20 hectares of land and the Hong Kong Financial Data
Centre of NTT is the latest addition to this impressive data centre family.
These centres with stringent performance requirements provide valuable support
to the business operations and growth of both our local and international
enterprises."

The FDC comes online as Hong Kong's finance industry is experiencing rapid
changes and increasing demand for enhanced IT infrastructure. Hong Kong houses
the sixth largest stock exchange in the world and capital inflow is also
expected to see a meteoric rise with the launches of QDII2 and RQDII pilot
scheme. Many regional financial services institutions (FSIs) are boosting
their IT capabilities in preparation for increasing market opportunities. As a
result, computer-driven trading is forecasted to comprise 58% for all equities
trading in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and India this year.

"By building the FDC, we seized an important market opportunity to play an
imperative role in providing a technology infrastructure that helps industry
players address their business needs and support their alignment. The fact
that 80% of Phase One has already been reserved not only illustrates that this
is a decision well-made, it also offers testament to our commitment in
building Hong Kong as an important financial and ICT hub," said Maeda. Phase
Two of the FDC is expected to be completed in 2015.

Designed with state-of-the-art and green technology, the FDC offers essential
infrastructure for FSIs in Hong Kong to strengthen their strategic positions
in Asia and remain competitive. The new Tier IV ready data centre boasts
utmost redundancy with continuous cooling system, continuous rating generators
and compartmentalized infrastructure design, providing the highest level of
service availability. The two phases has over 70,000 square meters of gross
floor area and over 6,000 racks in total. In addition to its high capacity,
the FDC is also equipped with an 8-tiered security access control, offering a
strong value proposition for industry players who are most concerned about
their data asset.

The new data centre facility also offers an ultra-low latency gateway for FSIs
looking to expand their business horizons. The FDC houses the landing station
of the new Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) which connects key financial
hubs in Asia with the shortest possible route that boasts industry leading
network latency of less than 43 milliseconds from Hong Kong to Tokyo and less
than 64 milliseconds from Singapore to Tokyo. Furthermore, the FDC is
collocated with NTT Communications' global network node that connects to
Europe and North America. Recently, the Tokyo Stock Exchange capitalized on
this ultra-low latency network service in effort to increase its investor
pool. In combination with modular design that facilitates hybrid tiering to
meet different market needs, the FDC sets an innovative new benchmark to the
industry.

* Uptime Institute has categorized data centres into 4 tiers depending on the
availability of services. Tier I has lowest availability while Tier IV has the
highest availability.

About FDC (TM)The FDC forms part of NTT Communications' efforts as an
information and communications technology (ICT) partner to provide the
financial services ecosystem with comprehensive, cost-effective and reliable
data centre solutions. Based on Uptime Institute's Tier IV design, the FDC
also offers modular design that facilitates hybrid-tiering, a unique advantage
in collocating with ASE and the global network node for ultra-low latency
connectivity, high capacity to cater for future growth, and robust security at
all levels. Under its newly launched Nexcenter (TM) brand, NTT Communications
offers world-class quality and full-support, the next generation data centre
services.

Currently, Phase One has reached completion and Phase Two is expected to be
completed in 2015.Useful Links:

  *Website (
    http://www.hk.ntt.com/en/products/services-in-hong-kong/data-centre/ntt-communications-hong-kong-financial-data-centre/fdctm-at-a-glance.html#/the-fdc
    )
  *Virtual Tour Video (
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjDV8evquq8&feature=youtu.be )
  *Leaflet Download (
    http://www.hk.ntt.com/fileadmin/NTT-Com_Asia/media/PDF/data-centre/Financial_Data_Centre_Leaflet_Aug2012.pdf
    )

About NTT Communications CorporationPlease visit www.ntt.com/index-e.html

Further information: www.twitter.com/nttcom www.facebook.com/nttcomtv
http://www.linkedin.com/company/ntt-communications

About NTT Com AsiaNTT Communications' wholly owned subsidiary - NTT Com Asia
serves as the regional headquarters of East Asia, covering Hong Kong, Macao,
Taiwan and Korea. In collaboration with its affiliate HKNet, it provides
enterprise-class global network, IP connectivity, data centre, cloud hosting,
cloud applications and various services and solutions in the region. Please
visit www.ntt.com.hk | www.hknet.com | www.facebook.com/nttca |
http://www.linkedin.com/company/ntt-com-asia-limited for further information.

Website: http://www.ntt.com
Website: http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201305312234
Contact: Tammy Tsui, NTT Com Asia Ltd., Tel: +852-3793-0396, e-mail:
tammy.tsui@ntt.com.hk, Elaine Ng, Bite Global, Tel: +852-2534-8713, e-mail:
elaine.ng@biteglobal.com
 
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