Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Face to Face: Kazuhiro Gomi, COO NTT America

Interview by Joanne Taaffe, Total Telecom
Thursday 27 August 09

NTT America's new COO talks about the company's plans to grow its U.S. business and the potential offered by Latin America.

NTT Communications paid $5.5 billion for U.S. Web hosting firm, Verio, just months before the dotcom crash. The Japanese operator struggled to make a go of Verio, which in addition to operating a tier-one Internet backbone in the U.S. also came with a business of hosting Web pages for SMEs. "It took us time to leverage that [acquisition]," admits Kazuhiro Gomi, CTO and COO of NTT America, who in 2004 moved to the U.S. from the company's Tokyo headquarters to help better integrate Verio. Now NTT Communications is looking to make further changes and Gomi, who added the COO role to his responsibilities in June this year, will be one of the people to push them through. Like many operators, NTT Com has not had its easiest year. NTT's international networking and IT services arm reported that total operating revenues fell 2.3% to 267.57 billion yen ($2…

NTT Communications paid $5.5 billion for U.S. Web hosting firm, Verio, just months before the dotcom crash. The Japanese operator struggled to make a go of Verio, which in addition to operating a tier-one Internet backbone in the U.S. also came with a business of hosting Web pages for SMEs. "It took us time to leverage that [acquisition]," admits Kazuhiro Gomi, CTO and COO of NTT America, who in 2004 moved to the U.S. from the company's Tokyo headquarters to help better integrate Verio. Now NTT Communications is looking to make further changes and Gomi, who added the COO role to his responsibilities in June this year, will be one of the people to push them through. Like many operators, NTT Com has not had its easiest year. NTT's international networking and IT services arm reported that total operating revenues fell 2.3% to 267.57 billion yen ($2…

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