TEPCO and NTT Join Forces in TNcross Joint Venture

Will leverage synergies for new services that meet societal needs

TOKYO, Apr 23, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) have announced the launch of TNcross Corporation, a joint venture that will facilitate cross-industrial innovation by leveraging the two industry leaders' assets and know-how, including TEPCO's power-control technology and NTT's ICT expertise.

The move is a business-diversity strategy, responding to changes in the electrical power sector, such as decarbonization, depopulation and the "Utility 3.0" democratization of electric power to promote the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy.

Specific benefits expected from the partnership include:

1) Increased use of renewable energy and enhanced preparedness for disasters
TNcross will develop businesses that lead to the increased diffusion of renewable energy and the securing of external power supply for responding to emergencies. This will involve the effective utilization of NTT's telecommunications storage batteries and TEPCO's transmission and distribution facilities, and distributed power resources managed with advanced ICT.

2) New, highly-efficient energy infrastructure utilizing direct current (DC)
TNcross will develop direct-current (DC) transmission and distribution infrastructure and related energy services, such as high-efficiency regional DC grids connected to NTT telecommunications facilities.

3) Creation of new infrastructure for advanced services
TNcross will create new basic services based on power-ICT resources that outside companies and municipalities will use to provide advanced services that meet changing needs in the market and society, such as Power-ICT related services necessary for smart cities.

TEPCO CEO Tomoaki Kobayakawa said: "The electric power sector is facing a massive transformation due to a number of disruptive factors in the industry. By combining our respective infrastructures and know-how to meet these changes, TEPCO and NTT will develop meaningful services that benefit individuals, businesses and society as a whole."

NTT CEO Hiroo Unoura said: "We are excited to be a partner of TEPCO, a giant electric power infrastructure company. This partnership will help NTT accelerate our strategy to utilize our assets and capabilities not only for supporting ICT infrastructure but also for solving social problems. Through this collaboration, we will create opportunities for service providers in various fields to deliver new value to end users. "

TNcross will begin operating in July.
An overview of the new company: https://www.acnnewswire.com/topimg/Low_TEPCO180423.jpg

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TSE: 9501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is the largest utility in Japan serving millions of homes and businesses. Worldwide the company has more than 34 subsidiaries and 32 affiliates in 8 countries and employs approximately 42,060 people. Consolidated revenue for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled 5.3 trillion Japanese yen. The company was established in 1951 and is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. For more information visit http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/

About NTT
NTT Group delivers advanced technology and innovative solutions in networking, software communications, and cloud computing that help transform businesses, governments and societies around the world. NTT Group will deliver convenient, enriched and reliable services to support customers as a "Value Partner" that its customers will continue to select. Today, 88% of Fortune 100 companies rely on NTT Group as their business partner. NTT Group generates over $105 billion in annual revenues, has over 240 data centers and employs more than 275,000 professionals working in 88 countries and regions.

New joint company data:
(1) Name: TNcross, Corporation
(2) Head Office: Tokyo
(3) Equity Capital: 100 million yen
(4) Shareholder distribution: TEPCO 50%, NTT 50%
(5) Date of Establishment: July 2, 2018 (schedule)
The company name uses initials from both companies (TEPCO, NTT) together with the word 'cross' which refers to the goal of meeting the eXpectation of customers and to provide them the added value of eXcitement while utilizing the eXpertise of both companies as they cross over.

(Reference) Company information:
(1) Name: Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Incorporated
(2) Established: May 1, 1951
(3) Business Description: Supplier of electrical power, gas, heat, and more

(2) Established: April 1, 1985
(3) Business Description: Planning of NTT Group's management strategy and promotion of research & development

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