BBIX and CNA sign business partnership with Open Connectivity eXchange

BBIX, Inc.
BBSakura Networks, Inc.
Cable Networks Akita Co.,Ltd.

~BBIX to expand OCX footprint to “CNA Data Center”~

BBIX, Inc. (“BBIX”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. that operates an Internet Exchange (“IX”) business, has entered into a business partnership agreement with Cable Networks Akita Co.,Ltd.,(“CNA”), on Open Connectivity eXchange (“OCX”), a cloud-based network service. With this partnership arrangement, BBIX will add the OCX connecting point in ”CNA Data Center” in September 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.

CNA has been taking on various challenges to solve the problems of the local residents of Akita catching up with the requirements of customers, and it celebrated its 25th anniversary in December 2022. CNA’s strength is its diversified business development, with its cable TV business, Internet business, and advanced telecommunications business using Local 5G and radio technologies. CNA also provides services to local governments and enterprise customers in the Akita City area using its own fiber optic network.

By combining BBIX and BBSakura’s secure and high-quality OCX with CNA’s community-based diversified and advanced telecommunication services, BBIX will promote DX (Digital Transformation) of local governments, create new business, and promote DX of local enterprises.

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

■ Partnership model

■ Comments on the Partnership Agreement
Kenji Suehiro, CEO, Cable Networks Akita Co.,Ltd.
“We welcome the partnership with BBIX at ‘CNA Data Center’. Since its launch of service, CNA has been committed to offer information both domestically and internationally, and through this partnership with BBIX, we will further strengthen our activities and contribute to the revitalization of the region and the promotion of DX for our customers.“

Michikazu Fukuchi, Executive Vice President, Board Director and COO, BBIX, Inc.
“We are very pleased to work with CNA to provide BBIX’s OCX in the Akita City area. The partnership with CN, which has 25 years of experience will allow OCX to expand its network services from multiple angles and provide high quality communications to corporate and individual customers. BBIX will continue to promote DX for local customers.“

Hideyuki Sasaki, President and CEO, BBSakura Networks, Inc.
“We sincerely welcome CNA to join the OCX partnership framework. Together with our partners, we hope to solve local issues with the power of digital and expand the OCX footprint as a cloud connectivity platform in the region. Taking this partnership with CNA, we will promote the trend of cloud computing in the Akita area, and we will promote DX together.“

■ 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 CNA
Company Name: Cable Networks Akita Co.,Ltd.
URL: https://www.biz.cna.ne.jp
Headquarters: 1-1-3 Yabase Minami, Akita-Shi, Akita
Representative: Kenji Suehiro, CEO
Date of establishment: June 12, 1984
Capital: 1.2 billion yen
Business: Cable Television Broadcasting; Telecommunications operator under Japan’s Telecommunications Business Act; Product Sales

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