NTT Communications to Launch Asia's First UDDI Registry on October 9
Tokyo, Japan. October 08, 2002.
NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced today that on October 9, 2002 it will launch Asia's first UDDI Business Registry  (www.ntt.com/uddi/) based on the Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) specifications, joining IBM, Microsoft and SAP in providing a completely open public registry with a standard access method for companies to register their services and search for business partners' services online.
As part of registering its own services in the registry, NTT Com plans to develop new business-to-business (B2B) Web Services  and thereby establish the company as a new leader in this field.
The UDDI Business Registry is an online directory that enables companies to register, search and dynamically share information completely free of charge. NTT Com joined the UDDI Operators Council  in December 2001 to become Asia's first UDDI Business Registry node operator.
Information is registered in a unified format as defined by the UDDI specifications. Information registered in the database of each registry node operator is regularly copied to the other operators' databases, assuring a consistent, worldwide network of registered information.
Like the registries currently operated by IBM, Microsoft and SAP, NTT Com's registry will be based on the UDDI Version 2 specifications .
"UDDI is a key part of the Web Services infrastructure, providing companies with the ability to easily discover and transact with each other," said Rod Smith, Vice President of Emerging Technology, IBM. "IBM is pleased that NTT Com is taking a leadership role in Asia by launching the region's first UDDI Business Registry. This will help expand business opportunities by simplifying integration."
"Microsoft is pleased to welcome NTT Com to the group of technology leaders operating the UDDI Business Registry," said Cliff Reeves, vice president of the Windows Division at Microsoft. "This is another indication of the broad adoption of UDDI, a core component of Web Services infrastructure."
NTT/VERIO  global data center services will provide global backup and restore solutions for NTT Com's UDDI Business Registry.
NTT Com expects to add about 1,000 companies in the first year of operating its database. Currently, more than 10,000 companies are in the Registry's three existing UDDI nodes. Since any type of service interface can be used in the Registry, users have taken advantage of this convenience to register some 7,000 Web Services.
NTT Com will also use the Registry to promote its own Web Services. The company will develop new Web-based business solutions and register them, like other users, in the new Asian-based registry. The company already offers popular B2B e-commerce Web Services such as ".com Co-Buy," launched as Japan's first online marketplace in July 2000, and ".com Exchange," an electronic data interchange outsourcing service launched in January 2001.
About NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com)
NTT Com, a Tokyo-based subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, provides long-distance and international services for voice, video and data communication reaching more than 200 countries. NTT Com also provides world-class IP services under the NTT/VERIO brand, as well as managed data, multimedia and additional services under the Arcstar brand. For more information, please visit www.ntt.com.
 UDDI Business Registry
A public (completely open) online database that companies worldwide can use to develop business by registering their services and search for business partners' services. Information is registered in a unified format in multiple languages. UDDI Business Registry specifications can be found at http://uddi.org or http://oasis-open.org. The three exiting registry node operators are IBM (http://uddi.ibm.com), Microsoft (http://uddi.microsoft.com) and SAP (http://uddi.sap.com).
 Web Services
Application functionality that is accessible through open internet standards, such as UDDI, XML, SOAP and WSDL.
 UDDI Operators Council
Jointly operated by IBM, Microsoft, NTT Com and SAP to manage the implementation and operation of the UDDI Business Registry in order to demonstrate proof of concept and interoperability of UDDI.
 UDDI Version 2, an OASIS Committee Specification, offers the following advantages:
- Information (corporate names, addresses, services, etc.) in multiple languages.
- More powerful searches of database, with enhanced application interface.
- More detailed registrations of information about companies, products and services.
This is the brand name for Internet solutions, including Arcstar global services, developed jointly by NTT Com and its wholly owned subsidiary Verio. The solutions enable users of all sizes to rapidly develop their businesses and services on a global scale. For details, visit www.nttverio.com.
Akira Tamachi or Daniel O'Connor
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Tel. +81 3 6700 4010
Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI)."