So-net

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Sony Network Communications Inc.
ソニーネットワークコミュニケーションズ株式会社
Subsidiary
Industry Information and communication industry
Founded November 1, 1995
Headquarters Shinagawa Seaside TS Tower, 4-12-3 Higashi-shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Hirokazu Takagaki (President)[1]
Owner Sony
Number of employees
1002 (as of December 31, 2015)[2]
Parent Sony Mobile Communications
Website www.sonynetwork.co.jp/corporation/en/

So-net (ソネット, So-netto) is a Japanese internet service provider operated by Sony Network Communications Inc. (ソニーネットワークコミュニケーションズ株式会社, Sonī Network Communications Kabushiki Gaisha), a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony.

Timeline

  • November 1995 - The operating company, Sony Communication Network Corporation (SCN) was established as a subsidiary of Sony.
  • January 1996 - launched ISP business.
  • November 1997 - Released PostPet DX mail software.
  • November 1999 - Became the first Internet service provider (ISP) to obtain Privacy Mark.
  • August 2001 - started ADSL service.
  • September 2001 - purchased WebOnline Networks, the operating company of "JustNet", from JustSystems.
  • October 2001 - launched "Harbot" service.
  • April 2002 - merged with WebOnline Networks, Ltd.
  • May 2002 - started optical fiber connection service.
  • March 2003 - started IP telephone service.
  • December 2005 - listed on the Mothers market of Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • October 2006 - changed its corporate name to So-net Entertainment Corporation.
  • July 2007 - Established MotionPortrait, Inc.
  • August 2007 - Acquired So-net Entertainment Taiwan Ltd. as a consolidated subsidiary.
  • November 2007 - Relocated headquarters to Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo.
  • January 2008 - Listed on TSE 1st Section.
  • July 2008 - Acquired So-net Media Networks Corporation as a consolidated subsidiary.
  • March 2009 - So-net Entertainment Taiwan Ltd. signed a capital/business partnership contract with Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. (CHT).
  • February 2010 - Acquired the ISP business from USEN CORPORATION.
  • May 2011 - So-Net hacked from unknown IP address. Roughly $1225 in customer's redeemable gift points stolen.[3]
  • July 2012 - Established So-net Business Associates Corporation.
  • December 2012 - Delisted from TSE 1st Section.
  • January 2013 - Became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.
  • April 2013 - So-net launches Nuro, a FTTH service that provides 2Gbit/s internet. Initial markets include Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama in Japan.
  • July 2013 - Changed company name to So-net Corporation.
  • April 2014 - Integrated “bit-drive” business, the Sony Business Solutions Corporation IT solutions service for corporations.
  • February 2015 - Launched “So-net Hikari Collaboration”
  • July 2016 - Changed company name to Sony Network Communications Inc.

References

  1. ^ https://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/library/presen/irday/presen_E_11.pdf
  2. ^ "Sony Network Communications Company Overview". Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  3. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/05/20/sony-hacked-playstation-so-net-isp/

External links

  • So-net
  • So-net Taiwan
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