December 7, 2004

Ministry of Internal Affairs and
Communications

MIC sets up Study Group on Telecommunications Numbers in the IP Era"




MIC, in order to deal with a possible shortage of telecommunications numbers due to changes in the environment surrounding fixed line phone service, as well as to examine the accepted role of the telecommunications numbers in consideration of the recent advancements in IP technologies, etc, has set up a Study Group on Telecommunications Numbers in the IT Era."

Issues to be examined:
(1) Implement study on demand for fixed line phone numbers and consider specific actions to be taken for possible shortage of telecommunications numbers
(2) Examine telecommunication number issues, such as that of fixed line phone numbers in consideration of the recent advancements in IP technologies.

(3) Other

Timeframe:
The study group will be set up from December 22 (Wed.) 2004, and results of their findings will be finalized in November 2005.

For details refer to the Japanese web site
http://www.soumu.go.jp/s-news/2004/041207_2.html

For further information about this press release, please contact:

International Policy Division, International Affairs Department
Telecommunications Bureau
Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Tel: (03) 5253-5920 Fax: (03) 5253-5924

Or visit
http://www.soumu.go.jp/joho_tsusin/eng/contact.html to fill in the inquiry form.