BBIX and EHIME CATV Sign Business Partnership with Open Connectivity eXchange

BBIX, Inc. (“BBIX”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. that operates an Internet Exchange (“IX”) business, has entered into a business partnership agreement with EHIME CATV, Inc. (“EHIME CATV”) on Open Connectivity eXchange (“OCX”), a cloud-based network service. With this partnership agreement, BBIX will add the OCX connection point in the Shikoku region at EHIME CATV’s “EHIME CATV 4th building” (Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture) on January 1, 2024.

OCX is a cloud-based network service provided by BBIX and BBSakura Networks, Inc. (“BBSakura”), a network solutions provider and subsidiary of BBIX. OCX provides on-demand, highly secure, low-latency, scalable connectivity services to a variety of cloud services and data centers used by customers.

EHIME CATV provides independently produced local information programs, multi-channel broadcasting, wired and wireless Internet access, fixed-line telephone and MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) services to approximately 160,000 households in its service area of Matsuyama City, neighboring cities and towns, and Ainan Town. EHIME CATV aims to be a cable TV station that is loved by and familiar to residents, contributing to regional development by utilizing ICT (Information and Communication Technology).

By combining BBIX’s network infrastructure, BBSakura’s software development capabilities, and EHIME CATV’s advanced telecommunication technology and services, the business partnership will promote DX (Digital Transformation) and enrich local lifestyles in the Shikoku region to meet the various needs of its customers.

■Partnership Model

■Executive Comments

Michikazu Fukuchi, Executive Vice President, Board Director and COO, BBIX, Inc.

“We are very pleased this collaboration with EHIME CATV marks OCX’s first foray into the Shikoku region. We will work to deliver higher quality communications to our corporate and individual customers by utilizing OCX for services for the local community, and BBIX will continue to promote DX for local customers.”

Hideyuki Sasaki, President and CEO, BBSakura Networks, Inc.

“We are pleased to announce that OCX is finally being deployed in the Shikoku region through collaboration with EHIME CATV. Based on the philosophy of developing a cloud-native connection environment in any area of Japan, we would like to work closely with EHIME CATV to expand and promote DX.”

Naruto Shiraishi, Senior Managing Director, EHIME CATV, Inc.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with BBIX on the OCX network service. Since its opening in 1991, EHIME CATV has been engaged in a variety of businesses as a comprehensive information service company with close ties to and contribution to the local community. In this collaboration, the OCX network service will be deployed in the region as a new service. We will contribute to the development of the region by providing closed, high-quality cloud-based network services to customers in the region.”

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