N+I TOKYO – Asia

The theme of this year’s Networld+Interop show in Tokyo is ubiquitous broadband communication. Companies in the wireless and mobile section of the exhibition, which opens Wednesday, will demonstrate 3G (third generation) mobile communications, IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN and Bluetooth personal area network technologies.

NTT Communications Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. will jointly promote the spread of IPv6 (Internet Protocol, Version 6). Using NTT Communications’ IPv6 network infrastructure, they will demonstrate peer-to-peer connectivity at the show using Hitachi’s NPD-10JWL, a PDA (personal digital assistant) with an IEEE802.11b interface running Windows CE.NET. At NTT Communications’ booth, the company will set up a public wireless LAN access point with support for IPv6. Using Hitachi’s PDA, they will exchange image and music files with other IPv6-enabled terminals running a Windows operating system at Hitachi and Microsoft’s booths, said Toshihito Shibata, an NTT Communications spokesman.

One of Fujitsu Ltd.’s demonstrations will include a small office router/hub with an integrated 3G mobile terminal, the F2611, connected to NTT DoCoMo Inc.’s 3G Foma network carrying data at up to 384K bps (bits per second), Fujitsu’s spokeswoman Kaori Arai said.

NEC Corp. will demonstrate its broadband network technologies, focusing on three main points: high-capacity, more reliable metro networks; secure IP networks, and added value services and new business models for mobile networks, said Akiko Shikimori, a NEC spokeswoman.

Networld+Interop 2002 Tokyo runs through Friday at Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.