Eight Asian telecommunications carriers are calling on their U.S. counterparts to share costs for Internet circuits between the United States and the Asia-Pacific region, KDD Corp. President Tadashi Nishimoto said Tuesday.

In contrast to other international services shared by carriers on both sides of the Pacific, costs for connecting to the Internet between the U.S. and this region are borne by non-U.S. carriers, Nishimoto said.

Current practice results partly from the way Internet traffic developed, he said. Traffic flow used to be one-sided — from the Asia-Pacific region to the U.S. — because that was where the network was born and developed, Nishimoto said.

However, Asian carriers felt the need to issue the joint statement because traffic from the U.S. to Asia has been growing and is expected to rise further in the future, he said.

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