Our Journey (History)

March 6, 2015

The History of the Telecom Service Association (PDF version, October 2014)

Year The History of the Telecom Service Association World events
2015 ・Mobile Forum held (March)
・Establishment of the FVNO committee
2014 ・MVNO 2.0 Forum held (March)
・Concerning the situation of the MVNO committee’s efforts on the review / enhancement of consumer protection rules, a statement of opinions was given in the working group on the review / enhancement of Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ ICT service safety and security research group’s consumer protection rules (April)
・A statement of opinions was given at the basic policy committee of the Telecommunications Council’s 2020-ICT Infrastructure Policy Special Commission, regarding telecommunications policy looking toward the 2020s (April)
End of Windows XP support
4K Test Broadcasts started
Consumption tax raised to 8%
Full opening of Abeno Harukas
Mt. Ontake erupts
2013 ・Service Ethics Chair Kuwako received commendation from the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (June)
・ICT Business Research Group established
・Establishment of the MVNO Committee (November)
・Statement of opinions given at the Competition Assessment Advisory Board regarding competition assessment and the detailed plans for competition assessment’s implementation (November)
“My Number” system approved (implementation in January 2016)
Mt. Fuji registered as World Cultural Heritage Site
2012 ・Transition to a General Incorporated Association (April)
・ICT Research Group and 3 working groups (presence review meeting, ICT business working group, ICT use promotion working group) began their activities
“Remote Control Virus” incident
Tokyo Sky Tree opens
London Olympics
Annular solar eclipse
2011 ・Statement of opinions given at the New Business Creation Strategy Committee of the Information and Communication Council, the Competition Policy Committee for the Promotion of Broadband Dissemination, and the Telephone Network Transition Facilitation Committee, etc.
・As the work group for ensuring communications at the IP Network Equipment Committee of the Information and Communication Council, participated in investigating the development of technical standards for strengthening the safety and reliability of telecommunications facilities

ICANN’s IPV4 address inventory depleted
Analog broadcasting ended
The Great East Japan Earthquake struck
2010 ・Participated in the establishment of the Internet Content Safety Association and the activities of the Child Pornography Measures Working Group
・The association contributed actively to the activities of the Japan Internet Domain Name Council, which was launched for the introduction of the Japanese national top-level domain (TLD) “.日本”
iPad launched
33 miners rescued from 700m underground after the Chilean mining accident
Dispute over the Senkaku Islands emerged
2009 ・Net Business Forum announced “Measures for Energizing Internet Business— Report of the Net Business Forum” (February)
・Eligibility for the Illegal and Harmful Information Business Advice Center was expanded to school officials, re-established as the Illegal and Harmful Information Advice Center (August)
・Board Chairperson Takizawa received a commendation from the Chair of the Council for Info-Communications Promotion Month (October)
Act on Development of an Environment that Provides Safe and Secure Internet Use for Young People enacted
Barack Obama inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States
Highways 1000 yen on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
Program review
2008 ・ Illegal and Harmful Information Business Advice Center established (January)
・”Net Business Forum” established in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, began investigating measures for revitalizing the regions (June)
・VoIP Promotion Council dissolved (July) (established in 2001)
NGN commercial service begins
iPhone 3G released
Lehman Brothers collapses
Beijing Olympics
2007 ・ Provider Liability Limitation Act Guidelines Review Council received a commendation from the Chair of the Council for Info-Communications Promotion Month (June)
・Advertisement Display Advisory Committee established under the Telecom Services Promotion Conference (June)
Privatization of the Post Office
Highest temperature recorded for 74 years (40.9°C in Tajimi and Kumagaya)
2006 ・Participated in the establishment of the Oasis Project Use Promotion Council
・The Internet Hotline Center began operations
Mobile Number Portability began
1seg broadcasts began
2005 ・Participated in the establishment of the Personal Information Protection Commission (April)
・Chairperson Nakao received commendation from the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (June)
・Participated in the establishment of the e-Net Caravan Management Council (November)
・Participated in the establishment of the MVNO Council (November)
Personal Information Protection Law came into force
Chubu International Airport opened
The Heisei great municipal merger created 50 new cities and towns
2004 ・The VolP Promotion Council drew up and published a “Guide to Using IP Phones” (February)
・Reorganized local organization from “council” to “branch” (April)
・1st National Branch Chair Meeting held in Okinawa (April)
・Telesa’s 10th Anniversary Forum held (June)
・VolP Promotion Council received a commendation from the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (October)
Telecommunications Business Act amended (abolition of the Type I and Type II categories of Telecommunications Carriers)
Mobile “electronic money” began
Athens Olympics
Ichiro Suzuki broke most hits record: 262
2003 ・VolP Promotion Council drew up and published “Network Interconnection Guidelines for IP Phones” (April)
・Participated in the establishment of the Telecom Services Promotion Conference (November)
・Implementation of the Action Plan Review Committee results (revision of the Articles of Incorporation, conversion of local councils into branches, review of committee structures, etc.)
Terrestrial digital broadcasting began in some areas
The Tokaido Shinkansen’s Shinagawa Station opened
2002 ・Participated in the establishment of the Provider Liability Limitation Act Guidelines Review Council and published the guidelines (February)
・Participated in the establishment of the Internet Connection Safety and Security Mark Promotion Council (April)
・Participated in the establishment of the Provider Liability Limitation Act Response Business Council (May)
・The Policy Committee conducted initiatives throughout the year, focusing mainly on the response to the revision of the Telecommunications Business Act
Act on Regulation of Transmission of Specified Electronic Mail took effect
The Basic Resident Register Network began operation
Joint hosting of Soccer World Cup between Japan and South Korea
2001 ・Type II Telecommunications Carriers Basic Problem Review Committee established, consultations and questionnaire survey of members conducted (February)
・VolP Promotion Council established (April) (Four working groups on interconnection, numbers, product quality, and systems established)
Mobile GPS function began
2001 Central Government Reform
Fair Competition Promotion Office set up in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications’ Telecommunications Bureau
2000 ・”Model clauses for a contract agreement” for internet connection services drawn up and published (January)
・Special Committee for Counter-Hacking Measures established, ascertainment of real facts behind the outbreak of hacking incidents at internet providers, etc. (February)
・Special Committee for Counter-Hacking Measures received commendation from the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (June)
ADSL service began
Camera-equipped mobile phones went on sale
2000 Yen bill issued
Eruption of Mt. Usu
1999 ・Drew up and published “Self-defense Manual for Internet Users” (April)
・Open Network (ON) Council established
・Report made to the government regarding the response and situation of member businesses regarding the Y2K issue
NTT restructured
i-Mode service began
Y2K problem
European monetary union
1998 ・The Operator Ethics Committee drew up and published “Guidelines regarding Operators’ Handling of Internet Connection Services” (February)
・Opinion exchange meeting between Telesa leadership and the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications held (February)
・Operator Ethics Committee received commendation from the Chair of the Council for Info-Communications Promotion Month (June)
ISDN service began
Nagano Olympics held
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge opened
1997 ・The association’s website launched (October)
・Opinion submitted to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications regarding deregulation measures on Type-II carriers and fee systems in the government’s emergency economic measures (November)
Google search arrived
Liberalization of the international connection of public telephone networks through internal private circuits
Consumption tax raised to 5%
1996 ・The Policy Committee compiled “Report on a Future Vision for Type II Telecommunications Carriers” (September)
・Dispatch of overseas research team to Europe (October)
・Statement of opinions given to the Telecommunications Council on basic connectivity rules (December)
Liberalization of the domestic connection of public telephone networks through internal private circuits
Measures against unauthorized computer access
Establishing standards
CS digital broadcasting began
1995 ・First publication of Telesa Tsushin (bi-monthly) (January)
・Multimedia Experiment Council launched (March)
・Statement of opinions given to the special commission of the Telecommunications Council on the status of NTT (November)
Windows95 launched
Internet use grew
PHS went on sale
Great Hanshin earthquake struck (1/17)
1994 Establishment of the Telecom Services Association
 The Japan Telecommunication Promotion Association,
 Special Type II Telecommunications Carriers Association,
 National General Type II Telecommunications Carriers Council,
 and the Voice VAN Promotion Council
merged to form Telesa.
Kansai International Airport opened
The first space flight by a Japanese woman
Playstation released
1990 ・Voice VAN Promotion Council established (16 October) Shipments of personal computers topped 1 trillion Yen
Unification of East and West Germany, end of the Cold War
1986 ・National General Type II Telecommunications Carriers Council (November 27th) Personal computer communications (PC-VAN) began
1985 ・Special Type II Telecommunications Carriers Association established (11 October)
Approved as an incorporated association in April 1988
Privatization of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation, NTT launched
Liberalization of entry into the telecommunications business
Shoulder Phone went on sale
1983 Japan Telecommunication Promotion Association established (22 November) Nintendo Entertainment System released
Tokyo Disneyland opened


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