BBIX and NCV sign business partnership with Open Connectivity eXchange

BBIX, Inc.
BBSakura Networks, Inc.

~BBIX to expand OCX footprint to NCV’s 3 datacenters~

BBIX, Inc. (“BBIX”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. that operates an Internet Exchange (IX) business, has entered into a business partnership agreement with NEWMEDIA Corp. (“NCV”) on Open Connectivity eXchange (“OCX”), a cloud-based network service. This is the first time for BBIX to sign a partnership agreement with a cable TV operator. With this partnership arrangement, BBIX will add the OCX connecting point in NCV’s Fukushima Center (Fukushima City), Niigata Center (Niigata City), and Hakodate Center (Hakodate City, Hokkaido) by the end of fiscal 2023.

OCX is a cloud-based network service provided by BBIX and BBSakura Networks, Inc. (“BBSakura”), a network solutions provider and subsidiary of BBIX, and is provided on BBIX’s IX platform. OCX provides on-demand, highly secure, low-latency, scalable connectivity services to a variety of cloud services and data centers used by customers.

NCV has been taking on various challenges to enrich the lives of local residents as a “media based on the local community.” Amid a rapidly changing environment, NCV will continue proactively to develop new technologies, such as high-speed Internet access utilizing a large-capacity backbone and community broadcasting that delivers local information, so that daily services can be used comfortably.

By combining BBIX and BBSakura’s secure and high-quality OCX with the diversified telecommunication services of NCV, a comprehensive information service company committed to the local community, BBIX will promote the digital transformation (DX) of local governments in the Tohoku, Hokkaido and Shinetsu regions, create new business domains, and promote DX for local companies.

BBIX and BBSakura, together with NCV, will work to expand its services to help customers accelerate DX, create new businesses, and grow their existing businesses, thereby contributing to the realization of an prosperous society where people can experience the joy of being connected.

■ Partnership model

■ Comments on the Partnership Agreement
Teruaki Arashida , Director General Manager of Technology Headquarters , NEWMEDIA Corp.
“NCV sincerely welcomes this collaboration with BBIX in the data center field. We have been engaged in various businesses as a comprehensive information service company contributing to the community since our service launch in 1989. Through this collaboration with BBIX, we will accelerate DX for our customers and work toward the creation of new businesses.”

Michikazu Fukuchi, Executive Vice President, Board Director and COO, BBIX, Inc.
“We are very pleased to offer OCX in cooperation with NCV in the data center field. This collaboration between NCV and OCX will expand our service area all the way to Tohoku and Hokkaido, enabling us to provide high-quality communications to more corporate and individual customers. We will continue to promote DX for customers in each region.”

Hideyuki Sasaki, President and CEO of BBSakura Networks, Inc.
“As our first cable TV operator partner, we cordially welcome NCV to OCX. As we enter the era of cloud natives, there is a growing demand for the provision of telecommunication services in the form of NaaS (Network as a Service). NCV operates optical fiber networks in several regions, and by utilizing these fiber optic networks, we will be able to solve these problems in each region and we will work together to solve them through the power of digital technology.”

■ 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

■ About NCV
Company Name: NEWMEDIA Corp.
URL: https://www.ncv.co.jp
Headquarters: 4-2-75 Kasuga, Yonezawa City, Yamagata
Representative: Atsushi Kaneko, President and CEO
Date of establishment: June 5, 1986
Capital: 1 billion and 86.9 million yen
Business: Cable television broadcasting business under Broadcasting Act and Wire Telecommunications Act, telecommunications business based on Telecommunications Business Act; development, production, sale and lease of software; all businesses incidental or related to the preceding items

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