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INTERNATIONAL TELECOM JAPAN TO START NEW SERVICE IN APRIL ’89

The details of International Telecom Japan’s filing with the Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications for an international communications shows that the consortium plans to start an international leased line service in April 1989, add international dial-up service in February 1990, and pitch for turnover of $200m by 1994: it plans to invest $34m in November to start with, and its land facilities will include communications centres in Osaka and Tokyo, and satellite communications centres in Chiba and Yamaguchi; the initial transmission facilities will be capacity leased through Kokusai Denshine Denwa on the Pacific and Indian Ocean Intelsat satellites, KDD’s third under-Pacific cable, the Okinawa-Taiwan cable, and rights to use the Japan- Korea cable; it is also currently negotating with KDD for joint use of Japan-Hong Kong-Korea cable; initially communications will be between Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, the US, the UK, West Germany, and France and services will include voice-grade, medium-speed, and high-speed leased services, and telephone services, all of them expected to be around 20% cheaper than Kokusai DD.

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