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Press Release -- May 11th, 2011
Source: NTT Communications
Tags: Exchange, IPv6

NTT Com to Acquire 70% Stake in Frontline Systems Australia

TOKYO, JAPAN and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) and Frontline Systems Australia Pty Ltd (Frontline) jointly announced today that NTT Com will purchase 70% of the issued shares of the Australian firm, which provides IT infrastructure, IT consulting and managed services.

The alliance will enable NTT Com to expand its range of high-quality global ICT services to meet multinational companies’ growing needs for globally seamless, one-stop solutions for networks, infrastructure and cloud provisioning.

Working closely with other NTT Group companies in Australia such as Dimension Data, NTT Com will provide high-quality ICT services for enterprises by integrating Frontline’s server-related technologies with the NTT Group’s network-integration, software-development and maintenance capabilities. NTT Com will also accelerate cloud services development by utilizing Frontline’s subsidiary Harbour MSP’s data center-related technologies.

Frontline is an experienced provider of ICT services, particularly those related to server and database technologies. Harbour MSP has earned an excellent reputation for its managed services and data center system integration. The company was established in 1993 and has grown into Australia’s largest, premier infrastructure solutions provider, with forecasted sales of AUD 277 million this fiscal year ending June 2011. Frontline has data centers, warehousing and sales operations in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and Singapore.

"As an organisation poised for further growth in the Australian market and beyond, Frontline views the involvement of NTT Com as an investor with tremendous excitement," expressed Steve Murphy, CEO of Frontline. "The alliance will mean that Frontline is bolstered by NTT Com’s depth of knowledge and resources in networking and communications, while we continue to extend service offerings beyond our core strengths in infrastructure and managed services."

"This acquisition confirms and fortifies our strategy to be the ICT partner of choice both globally and now locally in Australia and New Zealand. The addition of the managed IT infrastructure professionals at Frontline Systems and its subsidiaries is a perfect complement to our subsidiary NTT Australia’s well-established network business serving the rapidly evolving enterprise cloud market in the ANZ region," said Sadao Maki, Senior Executive Vice President of NTT Com.

About NTT Communications Corporation

NTT Communications provides a broad range of global networks, management solutions and IT services to customers worldwide. The company is renowned for reliable, high-quality security, hosting, voice, data and IP services, as well as expertise in managed networks and leadership in IPv6 transit technology. NTT Communications’ extensive infrastructure includes Arcstar™ Global IP-VPN and Global e-VLAN, as well as a Tier-1 IP backbone reaching more than 150 countries in partnership with major Internet service providers, and secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Communications is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world’s largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit www.ntt.com/index-e.html.

About Frontline Systems Australia

Established in 1993, Frontline Systems is a privately held IT business headquartered in Sydney Australia with 200+ employees. Frontline is built around the provisioning of Managed Services, Professional Services and Enabling Infrastructure to its large client base in Australia and Singapore. Its clients include the very largest of Australian businesses from telecommunications, banking and government. Please visit www.frontline.com.au.

For more information
Mr. Tomohiko Kano or Mr. Ken Araki
Corporate Planning Department
NTT Communications
Tel. +81 3 6700 4601

Contact Us
Mr. Greg Wade
Marketing Communications Department
Frontline Systems Australia
Tel. +61 2 9270 3427
Greg.Wade@frontline.com.au

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