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IIJ to Establish Layer 2 Connectivity With NTT DoCoMo

(November 10, 2009)

TOKYO, Nov. 11, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) (Nasdaq:IIJI) (TSE1:3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced that it has established Layer 2 connectivity between IIJ's IP network and the NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s packet network. In addition, the IIJ Direct Access, IIJ's proprietary remote access solution that creates a private connection to the corporate LAN from a mobile environment, will be accessible from terminals using the IIJ Mobile Service/Type D starting on November 24, 2009.

IIJ Direct Access was the industry's first remote access solution that provided closed network connections to the corporate LAN using existing Internet access lines. A low-cost, secure, remote access environment is created with a closed network connection between the IIJ proprietary remote access device, the ID Gateway located at the customer's premises, and a mobile terminal that uses the IIJ Mobile high-speed mobile communications service.

In the past, the only access lines available to mobile devices using IIJ Direct Access were the IIJ Mobile Service/Type E (using the EMOBILE network) and the WILLCOM PHS (user provided), but now users can also select the IIJ Mobile Service/Type D and enjoy a wider service area using a closed network connection with IIJ Direct Access.

IIJ Direct Access Highlights

* Secure LAN connections to the corporate LAN using existing Internet
access lines

Just like the traditional remote access VPN, a closed network
connection can be created with the corporate network using existing
Internet resources. By simply connecting to the network via IIJ
Mobile, the ID Gateway located on the customer's network issues a
private IP address to the mobile terminal. Because the terminal does
not have a global IP address, it is completely divorced from the
Internet environment and creates a complete remote access
environment that is free from Internet-born attacks.

* Security equivalent to IP-VPN and other closed-network-based remote
access services, but at a lower cost

Assigning only a private address to the terminal removes the threat
of attacks from the Internet, providing mobile terminal security
that is equivalent to CUG-based remote access, such as IP-VPN.
Customers can use existing Internet access lines for remote access,
enabling the use of cheap broadband access lines such as B-FLET's to
access the network. This reduces monthly costs by more than 50% in
some cases, when compared with traditional remote access services
such as IP-VPN that use dedicated access lines.

* Additional access control and terminal authentication features for a
more secure service

The customer's ID gateway server, which resides on the customer's
network, provides detailed access restrictions for each user group.
MAC address-based terminal authentication prevents access by
unauthorized computers, even when those computers access the network
from within the company.

* Convenience

Because special client software is not necessary, a closed network
connection can be established with the corporate LAN easily by
simply connecting to IIJ Mobile. In addition, existing network
resources can be used, reducing the time required to introduce the

The emergence of 7.2 Mbps 3G/HSDPA mobile data communications has brought mobile applications to a wide range of industries and fields. While companies need to provide their employees with a variety of functions using remote access, they also are concerned about computer security and the potential for abuse through private use of mobile data communications. IIJ Direct Access can be used to create the ideal remote access environment, one that provides both security and lower costs through the creation of secure private access, while continuing to provide the convenience and speed that only mobile communications can.

IIJ seeks to provide its customers with the best network environment through mobile solutions.

About IIJ

Founded in 1992, Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) (Nasdaq:IIJI) (Tokyo Stock Exchange TSE1:3774) is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group of companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. The company's services include high-quality systems integration and security services, Internet access, hosting/housing, and content design. Moreover, the company has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan, and between Japan and the United States. IIJ was listed on NASDAQ in 1999 and on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006. For more information about IIJ, visit the IIJ Web site at

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The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents furnished by Internet Initiative Japan Inc. with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Forms 20-F and 6-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
Corporate Communications
[email protected]

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