BBIX and BBSakura to Provide Direct Connectivity from “OCX Hikari Internet” to Zscaler

〜Offering will provide more secure and stable Zscaler connectivity for ”OCX Hikari Internet” users〜

BBIX, Inc.
BBSakura Networks, Inc.

BBIX, Inc. (“BBIX”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. that operates an Internet Exchange (IX) business, and BBSakura Networks, Inc. (“BBSakura”), a network solutions provider and subsidiary of BBIX, will begin offering a direct connection from its enterprise Internet access service, “OCX Hikari Internet,” to the network provided by Zscaler, Inc. (“Zscaler”) starting March 28, 2023.

As the use of services via the cloud grows year by year, security assurance for Cloud and Internet access has become a common challenge facing enterprise customers. Typical Internet connection services are connected to the datacenter through a VPN (Virtual Private Network), then aggregating traffic to reach to the Internet. However, as traffic volumes and access lines increased due to the promotion of remote work, aggregation equipment at data centers had difficulty keeping up with traffic processing. As a result, enterprise customers are facing quality degradations, which in turn leads to decreased business efficiency.

Zscaler provides variety of security services (Zero-Trust security), and Zscaler Internet Access (“ZIA”) is one of those services, which eliminates the need for aggregation equipment by conducting monitoring in the cloud, regardless of device or connection location, to solve the above-mentioned VPN issues.

In addition, general Internet access services connect to ZIA via hops of multiple ISPs (Internet Service Providers), so even if there is a secure environment, there is still the potential problem of delay in response caused by the quality of each ISP’s network.

“OCX Hikari Internet,” which has Japan-leading high-bandwidth backbones in Japan, is now providing a direct connection to the Zscaler’s network on which ZIA is provided. This direct connectivity will enable customers who use Zscaler’s security services through “OCX Hikari Internet” to do so with secure and low-stress.

BBIX and BBSakura will continue to expand their services to help customers accelerate DX (Digital Transformation) and grow their businesses in the multi-cloud era.

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■ Comments on providing Direct Connectivity to ZIA

Kamal Elkhaili, Global Alliances & Channels, Asia of Zscaler, Inc.
We welcome the connection of BBIX’s “OCX Hikari Internet” to Zscaler. This new connection to the network provided by Zscaler will optimize the latency of the enterprise customers who use Zscaler’s services, maximize security under Zero-Trust philosophy and support customers with a variety of workstyles and locations.

Keiichi Makizono, Senior Vice President and CIO of SoftBank Corp.
SoftBank Corp. has introduced a direct connection to Zscaler via BBIX in advance, enabling comfortable use of ZIA. As remote work and cloud services become increasingly popular, promoting flexible use while maintaining a high level of security is an important issue for promoting new work styles. As a solution provider, we are pleased to announce that BBIX is providing comfortable connectivity to Zscaler, one of the global leaders based on the idea of zero-trust. “OCX Hikari Internet” will continue to support customers to solve their cloud connectivity issues and promote DX in the future.

Michikazu Fukuchi, Executive Vice President and COO of BBIX, Inc.
BBIX is pleased to offer customers connectivity to Zscaler’s service through “OCX Hikari Internet.”
Today, many enterprise customers are increasingly using cloud services for the operations and are doing so remotely rather than from the traditional office. Through the direct connectivity with Zscaler, we will solve the challenges that our customers and our society face at the digital shift activities.

Hideyuki Sasaki, President and CEO of BBSakura Networks, Inc.
We are pleased that BBSakura’s software can help provide this service. Since the Covid-19 outbreak, “cloud first” and “remote work” have become common phrases. Zscaler is the leading provider of zero-trust security solutions, and “OCX Hikari Internet” provides a comfortable environment to use Zscaler’s service to offer a new option for customers to upgrade their network security.

■ About BBIX
Company Name: BBIX, Inc.
URL: https://www.bbix.net/en/
Headquarters: 1-9-10 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Hidetoshi Ikeda, President & CEO
Date of establishment: June 13, 2003
Capital: 100 million yen
Ownership: 100% owned by SoftBank Corp.
Business: Telecommunications operator under Japan’s Telecommunications Business Act; leasing, maintenance & management of telecommunications equipment; development, sales, maintenance & management of computer hardware/software

■ About BBSakura
Company Name: BBSakura Networks, Inc.
URL: https://www.bbsakura.net/en/
Headquarters: 7-20-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Hideyuki Sasaki, President & CEO
Date of establishment: August 1, 2019
Capital: 200 million yen
Ownership: BBIX, Inc. 51%, SAKURA internet Inc. 49%
Business: Telecommunications operator under Japan’s Telecommunications Business Act; leasing, maintenance & management of telecommunications equipment; development, sales, maintenance & management of computer hardware/software

●“OCX Hikari Internet” is a trademark of BBIX, Inc.
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