October 29, 2021 Announcement of Request for Measures to be Taken to Ensure Fair Competition by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation and NTT Group Companies

Today, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) requested Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (headed by SAWADA Jun, President and Chief Executive Officer) to ensure fair competition.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (hereafter referred to as “NTT Holdings”) made NTT DOCOMO, Inc. (hereafter referred to as “NTT DOCOMO”) its wholly-owned subsidiary earlier. On November 11, 2020, 28 telecommunications carriers submitted written opinions to the Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications in accordance with Article 172, Paragraph 1 of the Telecommunications Business Act (Act No. 86 of 1984), in which fair competition concerns were raised.
In light of these situations, MIC held a study meeting on ensuring fair competition (headed by chief investigator OHASHI Hiroshi, Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Faculty of Economics, The University of Tokyo) under MIC’s Meeting for Telecommunications Market Validation. At the study meeting, the necessary measures to ensure fair competition in the telecommunications market were discussed. On October 12, 2021, a document entitled “Report of Study Meeting on Ensuring Fair Competition” (hereafter referred to as the “Report”) was compiled.
In ensuring fair competition, based on the Report, NTT Holdings, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, NTT Communications Corporation, NTT DATA Corporation, and NTT COMWARE CORPORATION are required to continue to comply with the discipline and cumulative fair competition requirements based on the Telecommunications Business Act.
For this reason, today, MIC made a request to NTT Holdings regarding measures that should be taken to ensure fair competition.

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