NTT Plala Selects A10 Networks AX Series for "Hikari-TV" Distribution Service

AX Series Advanced Traffic Manager Provides High-performance IPv6 Server Load Balancing Solution to NTT Plala

SAN JOSE, CA. - July 8, 2008 -- A10 Networks® today announced that its AX Series new generation server load balancers have been selected as the video distribution platform for "Hikari-TV," a video-to-television distribution service provided by NTT Plala Inc. Consolidating "OCN Theater," "OnDemand TV" and "4th MEDIA," which were previously operated by the NTT group as its three main video distribution service brands for TV, NTT Plala's "Hikari-TV" provides services to deliver various video content for home TV. "Hikari-TV's" services include those for video-on-demand and multi-channel broadcasting via NTT East and West's "B FLET'S," NGN commercial service "FLET'S Hikari Next," and NTT West's "FLET'S Hikari Premium."

The AX Series was selected as a server load balancer (SLB) solution for "Hikari-TV," which is one of the core services of NGN operated by the NTT group, because the AX Series meets the IPv6 and high performance requirements for accommodating anticipated growth in the number of users. The AX Series recently won the prestigious Grand Prix/Best of Interop Tokyo 2008 award as Best Carrier/Internet Service Provider (ISP) solution for its comprehensive IPv6 solution and high-performance IPv6 server load balancing capabilities.

"After a comparative test with competitive server load balancer products, we selected A10's AX Series for its advanced architecture, stable and superior IPv6 performance, outstanding cost effectiveness, and prompt support from the company," said Mr. Shinro Nakagawa, General Manager of the Network Engineering Dept. for NTT Plala. "We chose A10's AX Series as the high-performance server load balancer platform for 'Hikari-TV' since the video distribution service is expected to grow as a future core business of NTT Plala and its killer application running on NGN ('FLET'S Hikari Next') of NTT East and West."

"We are pleased that our AX Series has been chosen for NTT Plala's 'Hikari TV' video distribution service, the core service of NGN operated by the NTT group," said Mr. Lee Chen, Founder and CEO of A10 Networks. "The AX Series is a new generation server load balancer with 'Performance by Design' delivering the same high-performance platform for IPv6 as it does for IPv4. IPv6 is one of the AX Series' most important features and we will continue to provide advanced IPv6 features and comprehensive IPv6 solutions, including migration services from IPv4 to IPv6."

A10 Networks' AX Series helps enterprises, carriers and ISPs build secure, high availability application server farm load balancers. Key features within the AX Series include:

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About NTT Plala Inc.
NTT Plala was founded in 1995 and has expanded with its core businesses of ISP, IP-phone and video distribution. In the highly reputed ISP business with 2.56 million subscribers (as of the end of March, 2008), NTT Plala provides no-charge standard security service for FLET'S Hikari s users. Thus, NTT Plala contributes to the evolution of the FTTH market with its service of high customer satisfaction. Inheriting the video distribution businesses of NTT group companies this March, NTT Plala operates "Hikari TV" as the sole IPTV business owner in the NTT group.

About A10 Networks
A10 Networks was founded in Q4 2004 with a mission to provide innovative networking and security solutions. A10 Networks makes high-performance products that help organizations accelerate, optimize and secure their applications. A10 Networks is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the United States, Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan. For more information, visit

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