The venture is part of Sky PerfecTV's efforts to cut costs by outsourcing some of its operations. Data Network Center Corp. is 51% owned by Sky PerfecTV, with NTT East, the largest local telecom carrier in Japan, holding a 49% stake. The company, capitalized at $3.7 million, will tally costs for customers' use of Sky PerfecTV services, as well as handle calls and other telecom and Internet-related services.
It will also support services for a new broadcast and communications satellite set to start broadcasting next summer.
The two companies linked up last December to study the potential of a joint venture, which they said at the time NTT Data Corp. was also considering.
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