History

Footsteps of Asahi Net

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Startup

We emerged as a spin-off company which offered online network service, or Pasokon-net, a communication method before Internet.

Eventually, with our expertise in network management, we launched Internet connection service and established the grounding to be a major Internet Service Provider in Japan. We have been a forefront in providing services with the latest technologies. We have constantly attracted a number of users since then.

  Footsteps of Asahi Net Evolution of Our Service
Apr. 1990 ATSON, Inc. (currently Asahi Net, Inc.) was founded. Operated business based on ASAHI Pasokon Net, a BBS service.  
Oct. 1991   Opened an electric forum "Den-no Tsutsuisen" in line with the Japanese best seller author Tsutsui Yasutaka’s book Asa no Gasupāru (Gaspard in the Morning). The forum was published in three books.
Feb. 1993   Found a literary award "Pascal-Tanpenbungaku-Shinjinsho (Pascal short-story newcomer award)" selected among submitted works through online network. The first year judges include Tsutsui Yasutaka, Inoue Hisashi, Kobayashi Kyoji, and award was given to Kawakami Hiromi.
July 1993   Service name changed from "Asahi Pasocon Net" to "Asahi Net"
Mar. 1994 Started reciprocal connection service with People, an online service provided by PEOPLE WORLD Co., Ltd., a corporate spinoff of IBM Japan.  
June 1994   Started offering an Internet connection service.
Feb. 1995   Launched our MMJP service for businesses and organizations.
June 1995   Launched our homepage service for individuals.
Dec. 1997   Contracted with overseas provider UUNET to offer our members connection to over 500 access points in USA.

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Independent

In 2000, we became an independent network service provider. In the following year, we renamed the company name into the current form of Asahi Net, Inc. Since then, as we expanded the variation of our services with the fiber-optic and mobile broadband networks, we ranked at the top among the most customer-satisfied ISPs in several third party surveys. Positive feedbacks from our customers started to be heard as well.

  Footsteps of Asahi Net Evolution of Our Service
Mar. 2000 Became independent and all shares were held by members of the board and company employees.  
Dec. 2000   Started to offer ADSL connection services.
Jan. 2001 Changed company name to ASAHI Net, Inc.  
Aug. 2001   Started to offer fiber-optic Internet connection services.
Jan. 2002   Ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei Net Navi Magazine.
Mar. 2003   Launched IP-Phone services.
Apr. 2003   The number of ASAHI Net members reaches 300,000.
Sept. 2003   Ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei Net Navi Magazine 2 times consecutively.
Jan. 2004   ASAHI Net ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei Net Navi Magazine 3 times consecutively.
Sept. 2004   ASAHI Net ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei Click Magazine 4 times consecutively. (Sponsored by Nikkei Net Navi until 2003.)
Oct. 2004   Launched our spam-filter service "SpamBlock"
Jan. 2005   Ranked No.1 in overall qualification among Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei Click Magazine 5 times consecutively.
Mar. 2005   Launched the ASP Groupware "AsaOne"
Mar. 2005   Launched the self developed "Asablo" blog service.
June 2005   Launched the ASAHI Net FTTH with FLET'S service.
Dec. 2005   Ranked No.1 in overall qualification among Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei PC Magazine 6 times consecutively.(Sponsored by Nikkei Click until 2005.)
Apr. 2006   Launched ASAHI Net TV, a high-quality broadband TV service.
Aug. 2006 Allocation of new shares to the third party company, NTT EAST.  
Dec. 2006   Ranked No.1 in overall qualification Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei PC Magazine 7 times consecutively. (The survey terminated in 2006)
Dec. 2006 Listed on Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.  

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Going Beyond

In 2007, we launched the development and marketing of our learning support system manaba, utilizing our expertise in network operation and software development as an ISP.

In the same year, Asahi Net was listed in the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange.

As a public company, we continued to adopt to the market trend, and have expanded the variation of services with more appealing contents. In 2011, the number of Asahi Net Internet users reached 500,000. The number of schools subscribing manaba institution-wide are more than 76 by 2017 and it keeps growing.

In 2015, we, as an established Internet service provider, have come to launch the cloud-based surveillance camera system for the first time in Japan. Our career as an Internet service provider has evolved and will continue to develop further beyond.

  Footsteps of Asahi Net Evolution of Our Service
Feb. 2007   Developed "manaba", a new SNS for educational institutions.
Nov. 2007   The number of ASAHI Net members reaches 400,000.
Dec. 2007   Ranked #1 FTTH Internet Service Provider in Customer Satisfaction in 2007 in a customer satisfaction survey by J.D. Power.
Dec. 2007 Listed on First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.  
July 2008   Ranked No.1 for the Internet Service Provider category in the Nikkei Business "2008 After-Sales Service Satisfaction Ranking" survey.
Sept. 2009   The number of ASAHI Net members reaches 450,000.
July 2010   Ranked No.1 in overall qualifications in Nikkei BP Consulting's "2010 Provider Satisfaction Survey".
Nov. 2010   RankedNo.1 FTTH Internet Service Provider in Customer Satisfaction in 2010 in a customer satisfaction survey by J.D. Power.
Apr. 2011 Subsidiary company Asahi Net International, Inc. established in the United States.  
Sept. 2011   The number of Asahi Net members reaches 500,000.
Dec. 2011   Ranked No. 1 for the best customer satisfaction among Internet service provider in 2012 by Oricon.Wins.
Mar. 2012   Learning management system manaba is distributed to 100 institutions.
Nov. 2012   Started FLET’S Hikari WiFi Access Course, a small-scale complex housing fiber-optic Internet service, in the lowest price among competitors.
Jan. 2013   Ranked No. 1 of Internet service providers in RBB TODAY "Broadband award 2012", marking the 10th year of consecutive No.1 results.
Mar. 2013   Launched Asahi Net LTE.
Apr. 2013 Asahi Net International, Inc. our subsidiary company based in the United States acquired the learning management division of rSmart.  
Dec. 2013 Agreed the capital and business partnership with the Asahi Shimbun.  
Feb. 2014   Launched the "ASAHI Net WiMAX 2+" service.
Sept. 2014   Launched the "ASAHI Net Omakase Router" service.
Feb. 2015   Launched the "AsahiNet Hikari" service.
Apr. 2017   Launched the "IPv6 Conection Feature"

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Awards

2016

2015

  • Ranked No.1 in overall qualification of "Internet Service Provider (Kanto area)" category in Oricon Japan customer satisfaction survey 2015.
  • A case study at Otaru University of Commerce using our active learning application respon wins the 12th Japan e-learning awards of "active learning category". News Release (Japanese)

2014

  • Ranked No.1 under "Broadband award 2014 ISP" category by RBB TODAY

2012

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2011

  • Ranked No.1 of the high customer satisfaction among the nation-wide Internet service providers of 2012 by Oricon
  • Ranked No.1 of Broaad-band Award, ISP category 2011 by RBB TODAY
  • Ranked No.1 in the Kakaku.com Internet service provider customer satisfaction survey

2010

  • Ranked No.1 FTTH Internet Service Provider in Customer Satisfaction in 2010 in a customer satisfaction survey by J.D. Power.
  • Ranked No.1 in Nikkei BP Consulting's 2010 Provider Satisfaction Survey.

2009

  • Ranked No.1 in overall qualification as the most satisfied nation-wide ISP in Japan by Oricon survey.

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2008

  • Ranked No.1 for the Internet Service Provider category in the Nikkei Business "2008 After-Sales Service Satisfaction Ranking" survey.

2007

  • Ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study (Fiber-Optics) 2007 by J.D. Power Japan.

2006

  • Ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider 2006 by Nikkei Pasokon survey, marking the consecutive 7th term of No.1 results. (This survey terminates in 2006)

2005

  • Ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider 2005 by Nikkei Pasokon survey, marking the consecutive 6th term of No.1 results (Sponsored by Nikkei Click until 2005)
  • Ranked No.1 Internet service provider survey by Nikkei Click, consecutively for 5 terms.

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2004

  • Ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei Click Magazine 4 times in succession. (Sponsored by Nikkei Net Navi until 2003)
  • Ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei Net Navi Magazine for 3 terms consecutively.

2003

  • Ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei Net Navi Magazine for 2 terms consecutively.

2002

  • Ranked No.1 Internet Service Provider in a Provider Satisfaction Survey by Nikkei Net Navi Magazine.