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March 10, 2016

DOCOMO PACIFIC selects NEC to build "ATISA" submarine cable: Project enables epic advancements for CNMI

Tamuning, Guam – March 10, 2016 – DOCOMO PACIFIC today signed an historical agreement to begin work on ATISA, an optical submarine cable system that will connect Guam with the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

ATISA will enable DOCOMO PACIFIC to offer new and sustainable wireless, cable television, home telephone, and broadband services. More notably CNMI residents will experience major advancements in:

Telemedicine

  • Doctors, clinics and hospitals can quickly share patient data with off island experts

Education

  • Provides schools & libraries with reliable, high-speed connections for e-learning
  • Allows CNMI to fully participate in federally-funded programs

Economic Growth

  • Data use stimulates growth
  • Encourages private sector investment through tourism, hotels, etc.

Security

  • Provides redundancy for commercial safety to banks, airport, etc.
  • Microwave towers on each island provide a trusted back up to mitigate risk

"Today marks the beginning of a new era in communications connectivity between Guam and the CNMI. Project ATISA was born out of the collective desire of elected leaders, business owners, and most especially, our customers to bring transformative change to our islands' infrastructure," said Jonathan Kriegel, President and CEO of DOCOMO PACIFIC.

"We are proud to partner with NEC and the governments of the CNMI and Guam to make this project a reality. True to its name, it is our sincere hope that ATISA will open up new possibilities and bring a brighter future to our part of the world," Kriegel said.

A press conference was held on Saipan where officials from DOCOMO PACIFIC, NTT DOCOMO, NEC Corporation and the CNMI convened in solidarity to acknowledge the momentous occasion. This now confirms the start of a year-long partnership between DOCOMO PACIFIC Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, and NEC Corporation, the company that will complete the project.

ATISA, a state-of-the-art six fiber pair optical fiber submarine cable system measuring approximately 175 miles in length, will connect the islands of Guam, Saipan, Rota and Tinian.

In keeping with our commitment to making the islands "better together", DOCOMO PACIFIC will invest more than $25 million in the region. Completion of ATISA is anticipated towards the latter part of 2017.

About DOCOMO PACIFIC

DOCOMO PACIFIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, predominant mobile phone operator in Japan. Headquartered in Tamuning, Guam, DOCOMO PACIFIC is the largest provider of telecommunications and entertainment services serving Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

With award-winning mobile, television, internet and telephone services, DOCOMO PACIFIC is dedicated to bringing you and your family closer to the things that matter most. Get to know more about what makes us "better together" at http://www.docomopacific.com.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

Based on its Mid-term Management Plan, the NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, please visit http://www.nec.com/en/global/about/solutionsforsociety/message.html