The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone group has signed its first deal allowing a competing telecommunications firm to lease its fiber-optic networks, officials of the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry said Wednesday.

Under the agreement, NTT East Corp. will let Tokyo Metallic Communications Corp., a Tokyo-based venture firm operating digital subscriber lines, connect with and use its fiber-optic access lines for a monthly rental of 7,898 yen per line, the officials said.

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