NTT East and NTT West, the regional operating arms of Japanese carrier Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Corp), have reportedly upped data speeds for their premium FLET’S Hikari internet plans to (a theoretical maximum) 10Gbps, reportedly costing around JPY6,130 (USD55) a month.
People wishing to sign up for the service will also need to use a FLET’S Hikari Cross compatible router to take advantage of 10Gbps speeds, Hot Hardware reports, with a router included with the service for an additional monthly fee of JPY500. The new service is currently available in parts of Tokyo’s 23 wards, including parts of Adachi, Suginami, Edogawa, Nerima, Setagaya, Katsushika, Ota and Itabashi for NTT East, with NTT West providing coverage for Osaka and Nagoya. An additional fee of JPY18,000 is understood to be levied as the connection charge.
TeleGeography notes that NTT Corp reported operating revenues of JPY8.863 trillion for the nine months ended 31 December 2019 (FY2019.3Q), up 0.8% year-on-year from JPY8.795 trillion in the same period a year earlier, as profit attributable to the company inched up 0.6% to JPY796.922 billion from JPY792.127 billion. However, nine-month operating income declined 5.0% on an annualised basis, to JPY1.450 trillion, as falls in its Mobile Communications, Long-Distance & International, Data Communications and Other businesses were only partly offset by increases within the Regional Communications and ‘elimination of inter-segment transactions’ segments. NTT Corp reported a total of 21.563 million FLET’S Hikari (including Hikari Collaboration Model) fixed broadband service users at the same date, up from 20.995 million in twelve months, while ADSL subscribers decreased to 511,000 from 641,000 reported in December 2018. In video services, NTT’s Hikari TV and FLET’S TV users increased to a total of 4.779 million, up from 4.688 million a year earlier.