Internap Japan Officially Launched

Atsushi Yano named Chief Executive Officer



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Internap Network Services Corporation

    TOKYO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Internap Network Services Corporation (Nasdaq: INAP), NTT-ME Corporation and
 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NYSE:   NTT) announced today at a
 ribbon-cutting ceremony in Tokyo that the companies have completed a joint
 venture agreement and formed Internap Japan Co., Ltd.  Atsushi Yano has been
 named the new company's Chief Executive Officer.
     Internap Japan plans to begin offering service in July to provide managed,
 high-performance connectivity services in the world's second largest Internet
 market by combining Internap's intelligent routing service and technology and
 NTT's strong and established Japanese marketing footprint and operational
 expertise.  Internap's technology and infrastructure provide an intelligent
 "overlay" on top of the public Internet for traffic routing optimization and
 management.  Using this overlay network, Internap Japan expects to provide
 benefits, such as superior reliability and scaling, not obtainable from other
 providers in the Japanese market.
     "It is our aim for Internap Japan to be the number one Internet
 connectivity provider in Japan," said Atsushi Yano, CEO of Internap Japan.
 "We believe that Internap Japan's Overlay Network will not only bring a higher
 level of service to Japanese businesses, but also will help alleviate scaling
 problems created by the proliferation of services such as broadband access and
 wireless IP connectivity.  In fact, Internap Japan's service quality,
 predictability and advanced technical support will help businesses deploy
 Internet enabled virtual private networks, video conferencing, voice telephony
 and other interactive applications in Japan that may be currently affected by
 the Internet's interoperability problems."
     "This joint venture is a strong and clear validation of Internap's
 technology and service quality by one of the world's largest
 telecommunications companies.  We are proud to be partnering with such a
 highly respected organization as NTT and its subsidiary, NTT-ME," said Tony
 Naughtin, President and CEO of Internap Network Services.  "Internap Japan,
 under the leadership of Atsushi Yano, will strive to revolutionize Internet
 performance for Japanese companies and consumers by offering superior
 connectivity not only for destinations within Japan, but also beyond its
 borders.  Because of Internap Japan's ability to manage and optimize data
 across the many networks of the Internet through a single connection to its
 customer, we think that Japanese enterprises and service providers with
 mission critical needs over the Internet will embrace this service."
     Internap Japan is 51 percent owned by Seattle-based Internap Network
 Services, 40 percent by NTT-ME Corporation and 9 percent by NTT-ME's parent
 company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.
     The purpose of the joint venture is to offer intelligent performance-based
 routing service for the first time in Japan by combining NTT-ME's marketing,
 sales, systems integration and operations capabilities in the field of IP
 (Internet Protocol) with Internap's high performance connectivity, adaptive
 routing technology and leading network operations support.  Internap and
 NTT-ME believe that Internap Japan will be the first in Japan to provide
 resilient, robust public IP connectivity by introducing Internap's intelligent
 routing overlay on top of all the major Internet backbones at once, thereby
 consolidating those networks into a single, managed service for the
 mission-critical Internet business customer.
     According to the Internet Association of Japan, Japan is the world's
 second largest Internet market with 20 million users as of August 2000,
 and according to Merrill Lynch, the market for Internet Service Providers
 and Managed Data Networks in Japan will grow from 341 billion yen or
 US$3.1 billion to 2.4 trillion yen or US$23.9 billion by 2009.  This
 translates into approximately 7 percent of the worldwide service market for
 these services.
 
     About NTT-ME
     Founded in 1999 in Tokyo, NTT-ME offers Total IT Business Solutions, from
 consulting to after-sale support. NTT-ME integrates the experience and
 know-how that have been garnered by member companies of the NTT Group through
 its extensive resources and dedication building numerous large-scale systems
 and offers them as solutions that can be easily applied for use by anyone,
 from large corporations to small home offices. Specific services include the
 ASP service which provides the latest applications for download via the
 Internet, solution packages such as Web sites and LAN- or WAN-related
 products, the SI service that proposes and builds customized systems,
 practical training courses, and special solutions addressing such issues as
 user support and security. To create more advanced multimedia environment and
 effectively respond to the increasingly diverse needs of clients, NTT-ME
 offers its XePhion ultra-high-speed, broadband, next-generation IP network
 service utilizing fiber optics. NTT-ME also provides the MM24 support and
 maintenance service for clients' networks, available 24 hours a day, 365 days
 a year, to ensure that its multimedia services are operating flawlessly in
 both business and everyday life.
 
     About Internap
     Founded in 1996 in Seattle, Internap provides Internet connectivity that
 is faster and more reliable than conventional Internet service. Internap's
 patented route management technology provides direct data transmission across
 the major Internet backbones through a single connection from a customer's
 network to one of Internap's Service Points. Internap's customers bypass
 congestion points on the Internet, avoiding packet loss, latency and other
 difficulties that can plague conventional Internet connectivity. Internap
 services are currently available in numerous key markets throughout the United
 States including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose and
 Seattle. Major companies and networks served by Internap include The Nasdaq,
 Datek Online, Colgate Palmolive, Earthlink, Travelocity and many others.
 Internap(R) and P-NAP(R) are registered trademarks of Internap. All other
 trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. For more
 information, visit www.Internap.com.
 
     "Safe Harbor" Statement
     This release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements
 that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these
 statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future
 events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Internap
 with the SEC, specifically its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any
 later periodic reports, which identify important risk factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
 statements, including, among other things, Internap's history of operating
 losses and expected future losses, Internap's limited operating history,
 fluctuations in Internap's quarterly operating results, Internet
 infrastructure and regulatory changes, volatility of stock price, deployment
 of new Service Points, integration of acquired businesses and rapid
 technological and market change. All forward-looking statements are based on
 information available to Internap on the date hereof, and Internap assumes no
 obligation to update such statements.
 
     CONTACT:  Deborah Kazenelson of Smith Public Relations, 310-788-0456, or
 deborah@smith-pr.com, for Internap Network Services; or press, Bill Hankes,
 206-262-3737, or bhankes@Internap.com, or investors, Paul Mondschein,
 206-504-5487, or pmondschein@Internap.com, both of Internap Network Services;
 or Hideki Hayashi, or Atsuko Namai, namai@ntt-me.co.jp, both of NTT-ME
 Corporation, 81-3-5200-4457, or fax, 81-3-5200-4997.
 
 

SOURCE Internap Network Services Corporation
    TOKYO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Internap Network Services Corporation (Nasdaq: INAP), NTT-ME Corporation and
 Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NYSE:   NTT) announced today at a
 ribbon-cutting ceremony in Tokyo that the companies have completed a joint
 venture agreement and formed Internap Japan Co., Ltd.  Atsushi Yano has been
 named the new company's Chief Executive Officer.
     Internap Japan plans to begin offering service in July to provide managed,
 high-performance connectivity services in the world's second largest Internet
 market by combining Internap's intelligent routing service and technology and
 NTT's strong and established Japanese marketing footprint and operational
 expertise.  Internap's technology and infrastructure provide an intelligent
 "overlay" on top of the public Internet for traffic routing optimization and
 management.  Using this overlay network, Internap Japan expects to provide
 benefits, such as superior reliability and scaling, not obtainable from other
 providers in the Japanese market.
     "It is our aim for Internap Japan to be the number one Internet
 connectivity provider in Japan," said Atsushi Yano, CEO of Internap Japan.
 "We believe that Internap Japan's Overlay Network will not only bring a higher
 level of service to Japanese businesses, but also will help alleviate scaling
 problems created by the proliferation of services such as broadband access and
 wireless IP connectivity.  In fact, Internap Japan's service quality,
 predictability and advanced technical support will help businesses deploy
 Internet enabled virtual private networks, video conferencing, voice telephony
 and other interactive applications in Japan that may be currently affected by
 the Internet's interoperability problems."
     "This joint venture is a strong and clear validation of Internap's
 technology and service quality by one of the world's largest
 telecommunications companies.  We are proud to be partnering with such a
 highly respected organization as NTT and its subsidiary, NTT-ME," said Tony
 Naughtin, President and CEO of Internap Network Services.  "Internap Japan,
 under the leadership of Atsushi Yano, will strive to revolutionize Internet
 performance for Japanese companies and consumers by offering superior
 connectivity not only for destinations within Japan, but also beyond its
 borders.  Because of Internap Japan's ability to manage and optimize data
 across the many networks of the Internet through a single connection to its
 customer, we think that Japanese enterprises and service providers with
 mission critical needs over the Internet will embrace this service."
     Internap Japan is 51 percent owned by Seattle-based Internap Network
 Services, 40 percent by NTT-ME Corporation and 9 percent by NTT-ME's parent
 company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.
     The purpose of the joint venture is to offer intelligent performance-based
 routing service for the first time in Japan by combining NTT-ME's marketing,
 sales, systems integration and operations capabilities in the field of IP
 (Internet Protocol) with Internap's high performance connectivity, adaptive
 routing technology and leading network operations support.  Internap and
 NTT-ME believe that Internap Japan will be the first in Japan to provide
 resilient, robust public IP connectivity by introducing Internap's intelligent
 routing overlay on top of all the major Internet backbones at once, thereby
 consolidating those networks into a single, managed service for the
 mission-critical Internet business customer.
     According to the Internet Association of Japan, Japan is the world's
 second largest Internet market with 20 million users as of August 2000,
 and according to Merrill Lynch, the market for Internet Service Providers
 and Managed Data Networks in Japan will grow from 341 billion yen or
 US$3.1 billion to 2.4 trillion yen or US$23.9 billion by 2009.  This
 translates into approximately 7 percent of the worldwide service market for
 these services.
 
     About NTT-ME
     Founded in 1999 in Tokyo, NTT-ME offers Total IT Business Solutions, from
 consulting to after-sale support. NTT-ME integrates the experience and
 know-how that have been garnered by member companies of the NTT Group through
 its extensive resources and dedication building numerous large-scale systems
 and offers them as solutions that can be easily applied for use by anyone,
 from large corporations to small home offices. Specific services include the
 ASP service which provides the latest applications for download via the
 Internet, solution packages such as Web sites and LAN- or WAN-related
 products, the SI service that proposes and builds customized systems,
 practical training courses, and special solutions addressing such issues as
 user support and security. To create more advanced multimedia environment and
 effectively respond to the increasingly diverse needs of clients, NTT-ME
 offers its XePhion ultra-high-speed, broadband, next-generation IP network
 service utilizing fiber optics. NTT-ME also provides the MM24 support and
 maintenance service for clients' networks, available 24 hours a day, 365 days
 a year, to ensure that its multimedia services are operating flawlessly in
 both business and everyday life.
 
     About Internap
     Founded in 1996 in Seattle, Internap provides Internet connectivity that
 is faster and more reliable than conventional Internet service. Internap's
 patented route management technology provides direct data transmission across
 the major Internet backbones through a single connection from a customer's
 network to one of Internap's Service Points. Internap's customers bypass
 congestion points on the Internet, avoiding packet loss, latency and other
 difficulties that can plague conventional Internet connectivity. Internap
 services are currently available in numerous key markets throughout the United
 States including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose and
 Seattle. Major companies and networks served by Internap include The Nasdaq,
 Datek Online, Colgate Palmolive, Earthlink, Travelocity and many others.
 Internap(R) and P-NAP(R) are registered trademarks of Internap. All other
 trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. For more
 information, visit www.Internap.com.
 
     "Safe Harbor" Statement
     This release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements
 that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these
 statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future
 events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Internap
 with the SEC, specifically its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any
 later periodic reports, which identify important risk factors that could cause
 actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking
 statements, including, among other things, Internap's history of operating
 losses and expected future losses, Internap's limited operating history,
 fluctuations in Internap's quarterly operating results, Internet
 infrastructure and regulatory changes, volatility of stock price, deployment
 of new Service Points, integration of acquired businesses and rapid
 technological and market change. All forward-looking statements are based on
 information available to Internap on the date hereof, and Internap assumes no
 obligation to update such statements.
 
     CONTACT:  Deborah Kazenelson of Smith Public Relations, 310-788-0456, or
 deborah@smith-pr.com, for Internap Network Services; or press, Bill Hankes,
 206-262-3737, or bhankes@Internap.com, or investors, Paul Mondschein,
 206-504-5487, or pmondschein@Internap.com, both of Internap Network Services;
 or Hideki Hayashi, or Atsuko Namai, namai@ntt-me.co.jp, both of NTT-ME
 Corporation, 81-3-5200-4457, or fax, 81-3-5200-4997.
 
 SOURCE  Internap Network Services Corporation