NTT Network Innovation Laboratories (NIL), founded in 1999, continues to pursue new innovative IT industries. It integrates a wide variety of researchers ranging from the physical layer to the application layer including the fields of optical, wireless, network, and software technologies. "Mirai-Net," the Japanese name of NIL, stands for "future network," which means pioneering a new era through innovative ideas from a diverse array of researchers.
In the 1980's, the predecessor of NIL was a global R&D leader in digital communication technologies, such as fiber-optics SONET/SDH or microwave-relay communications. In the 1990's, technologies such as wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), and mobile communications made great progress through our research activities. Since the 2000's, we have continually generated brand-new achievements in fields of such as digital coherent transmission, space division multiplexing, network virtualization, edge-computing, wireless LANs and IoT wireless access. By leveraging these accomplishments, we are continuing to generate "innovations."