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HOME PHONES GOING ONLINE:
L-Mode Will Enable Direct Internet Access
January 26, 2001
L-Mode Controlled via Standard Phone Keys
Among L-mode's special features is the fact that commands and messages will be input using a standard push-button phone keypad, rather than the miniature keypad featured on mobile phones, so that people of all ages will be able to use it with ease. The service will offer community-based content, such as information on sales at local stores, events at local schools, and local government services.
NTT East and NTT West have set the basic usage fee for the L-mode service at less than 500 yen (4.35 U.S. dollars at 115 yen to the dollar) per month, though separate connection charges will also apply. The two firms expect to enlist a combined total of 1.5 to 2 million L-mode subscribers during fiscal 2001 (April 2001 to March 2002). As of March 2000, Japan's 55.44 million fixed-line phones were outnumbered by the 56.84 million mobile phones in use (including both cellular phones and PHS units). Its backers regard L-mode as a crucial tool in the campaign to reverse this imbalance.
Supply of Internet Addresses Set to Multiply
Recently, though, a new version of the Internet Protocol has been developed. The new version, IPv6, can generate many more addresses than the current version can--64 x 1027 times as many, in fact. In the near future IPv6 is expected to be adopted as the global standard. At that point, the supply of Internet addresses will be replenished, with no imaginable prospect of ever running out.
Copyright (c) 2001 Japan Information Network. Edited by Japan Echo Inc. based on domestic Japanese news sources. Articles presented here are offered for reference purposes and do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Japanese Government.