Crosswave to Interconnect U's Communications' Last Mile Network to its Gigabit-class Nationwide Backbone

Demonstrates Crosswave as a Leading Aggregator

Of Local Access Data Traffic in Japan



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Crosswave Communications Inc.

    TOKYO, April 24 /PRNewswire/ --
 Crosswave Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CWCI) ("Crosswave") announced today
 that it has signed a contract with U's Communications, a subsidiary of usen
 Corp. ("usen") to provide a nationwide backbone for usen's service provisions.
 Under the contract, Crosswave will interconnect with U's Communications' last
 mile network and provide gigabit-class nationwide high-speed backbone services
 scheduled to begin in October 2001.  These services will initially link
 several large cities in Japan including Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, and the
 service area will be extended nationwide from April 2002.
     "The potential large-scale provision of services to a last-mile network
 operator such as U's Communications proposed under this contract clearly
 demonstrates Crosswave's position as a leading aggregator of local access data
 traffic in Japan," said Akio Onishi, Chief Executive Officer of Crosswave.
 "With our legacy-free fiber optic network infrastructure and data centers, we
 will continue to promote the Japanese market by offering our broadband
 solutions including high-speed backbone services, direct fiber access services
 and data center services."
     By using U's Communications' network and facilities, usen Corp., initiated
 a new FTTH ("Fiber-To-The-Home") broadband Internet service called "Broad-GATE
 01 Service" in March 2001 and provides its subscribers with always-on Internet
 access with 10M/100M speed.  Through these services, U's Communications adopts
 Crosswave's nationwide fiber optic network to transmit a variety of broadband
 contents including movies, sports, news, music, games, and videos for its
 subscribers.
 
     About Crosswave
     Crosswave Communications Inc. offers broadband data communication services
 on Japan's first nationwide fiber-optic network specifically designed and
 dedicated to data traffic.  Crosswave was established in October 1998 by
 Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (Nasdaq: IIJI) (IIJ), Sony Corporation and
 Toyota Motor Corporation with the goal of providing advanced, high-speed,
 cost-effective, end-to-end data communications services to customers in Japan
 and to take advantage of market growth and demand for broadband data
 communications networks.
 
     About usen Corp.
     usen Corp. has provided cable radio broadcasting services in Japan for
 more than 35 years and is currently beginning to provide Fiber-To-The-Home, or
 FTTH, broadband Internet service.  Its FTTH broadband Internet service is
 comprised of a powerful combination of optical fiber broadband infrastructure,
 high speed Internet access and its Broad-Gate 01 content site containing a
 variety of content.  Its cable radio broadcasting business offers subscribers
 approximately 300 radio programs and services a majority of the cable radio
 broadcasting market.
 
     About U's Communications
     U's Communications offers FTTH broadband network services using its fiber
 optic cable network and facilities in Japan. U's Communications was
 established in July 2000 by usen Corp. and other partner investors including
 Asahi National Broadcasting Company Limited, Sony Corporation, Avex Inc., NEC
 Corporations, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Compaq Computer K.K.
 
     The statements within this release contain "forward-looking statements"
 within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities
 Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  To the extent that statements in this document
 do not relate strictly to historical or current facts, they may constitute
 forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are based upon
 management's current assumptions and beliefs in light of the information
 currently available to it, but involve known and unknown risks and
 uncertainties.  Crosswave's actual actions or results may differ materially
 from those discussed in the forward-looking statement involved in this
 document.  Investors are advised to consult any further disclosures by
 Crosswave in its subsequent filings pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of
 1934.  Specific potential risks and uncertainties include Crosswave's limited
 operating history, the impact of regulation on its business, and its
 dependence on third parties for parts used in its network, in addition to
 other risk factors appearing from time to time in Crosswave's filings with the
 United State Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 

SOURCE Crosswave Communications Inc.
    TOKYO, April 24 /PRNewswire/ --
 Crosswave Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: CWCI) ("Crosswave") announced today
 that it has signed a contract with U's Communications, a subsidiary of usen
 Corp. ("usen") to provide a nationwide backbone for usen's service provisions.
 Under the contract, Crosswave will interconnect with U's Communications' last
 mile network and provide gigabit-class nationwide high-speed backbone services
 scheduled to begin in October 2001.  These services will initially link
 several large cities in Japan including Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, and the
 service area will be extended nationwide from April 2002.
     "The potential large-scale provision of services to a last-mile network
 operator such as U's Communications proposed under this contract clearly
 demonstrates Crosswave's position as a leading aggregator of local access data
 traffic in Japan," said Akio Onishi, Chief Executive Officer of Crosswave.
 "With our legacy-free fiber optic network infrastructure and data centers, we
 will continue to promote the Japanese market by offering our broadband
 solutions including high-speed backbone services, direct fiber access services
 and data center services."
     By using U's Communications' network and facilities, usen Corp., initiated
 a new FTTH ("Fiber-To-The-Home") broadband Internet service called "Broad-GATE
 01 Service" in March 2001 and provides its subscribers with always-on Internet
 access with 10M/100M speed.  Through these services, U's Communications adopts
 Crosswave's nationwide fiber optic network to transmit a variety of broadband
 contents including movies, sports, news, music, games, and videos for its
 subscribers.
 
     About Crosswave
     Crosswave Communications Inc. offers broadband data communication services
 on Japan's first nationwide fiber-optic network specifically designed and
 dedicated to data traffic.  Crosswave was established in October 1998 by
 Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (Nasdaq: IIJI) (IIJ), Sony Corporation and
 Toyota Motor Corporation with the goal of providing advanced, high-speed,
 cost-effective, end-to-end data communications services to customers in Japan
 and to take advantage of market growth and demand for broadband data
 communications networks.
 
     About usen Corp.
     usen Corp. has provided cable radio broadcasting services in Japan for
 more than 35 years and is currently beginning to provide Fiber-To-The-Home, or
 FTTH, broadband Internet service.  Its FTTH broadband Internet service is
 comprised of a powerful combination of optical fiber broadband infrastructure,
 high speed Internet access and its Broad-Gate 01 content site containing a
 variety of content.  Its cable radio broadcasting business offers subscribers
 approximately 300 radio programs and services a majority of the cable radio
 broadcasting market.
 
     About U's Communications
     U's Communications offers FTTH broadband network services using its fiber
 optic cable network and facilities in Japan. U's Communications was
 established in July 2000 by usen Corp. and other partner investors including
 Asahi National Broadcasting Company Limited, Sony Corporation, Avex Inc., NEC
 Corporations, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Compaq Computer K.K.
 
     The statements within this release contain "forward-looking statements"
 within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities
 Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  To the extent that statements in this document
 do not relate strictly to historical or current facts, they may constitute
 forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are based upon
 management's current assumptions and beliefs in light of the information
 currently available to it, but involve known and unknown risks and
 uncertainties.  Crosswave's actual actions or results may differ materially
 from those discussed in the forward-looking statement involved in this
 document.  Investors are advised to consult any further disclosures by
 Crosswave in its subsequent filings pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of
 1934.  Specific potential risks and uncertainties include Crosswave's limited
 operating history, the impact of regulation on its business, and its
 dependence on third parties for parts used in its network, in addition to
 other risk factors appearing from time to time in Crosswave's filings with the
 United State Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
 SOURCE  Crosswave Communications Inc.