Press release: BT makes it easy for global investors to trade on Japan’s financial markets

DC15-235 (10 June 2015)

BT Radianz Cloud now offers international access to the equities and derivatives markets of the Japan Exchange Group (JPX), Asia’s biggest financial trading group

BT today announced that it is making it easy for investors globally to trade on the equities and derivatives markets of the Japan Exchange Group (JPX), Asia's largest exchange group and the third largest in the world. Following an agreement between the two firms, members of the BT Radianz Cloud — the world's largest networked financial community — can now access a range of brokers and the market data needed to trade on JPX’s growing markets via their secure, cost-effective and reliable BT Radianz Cloud connection.

JPX joins a growing number of Asian exchange groups on the BT Radianz Cloud including the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Bursa Malaysia and the Singapore Exchange (SGX).

The Radianz Cloud, which this month celebrates its 15th anniversary, links thousands of brokers, institutions, exchanges and clearing and settlement houses across the globe. Through a single network connection, members can securely access thousands of applications and services critical to the everyday functioning of the global financial sector.

Tom Regent, president, global banking & financial markets, BT Global Services, said: “Asia Pacific is a key part of our Radianz Cloud community and we already have more than 3000 members in the region.

“With JPX now on board, we have the infrastructure in place to help grow trading activity and investment into and out of Japan. This will make it easier for our community to do business in a way that can lead to a more vibrant market, boosting Japan's standing as a global financial hub.”

Global investors have high hopes for the Japanese economy and for us, this creates an opportunity for growth. JPX’s ambition is to become the most preferred exchange in Asia and one of the most competitive in the world. We’ve chosen to work with BT because of its proven experience and creative use of technology. We’ve been impressed by its track record in helping exchanges extend their global reach and we look forward to leveraging this to deliver growth.”
- Mitsuo Miwa, director of market business development at JPX

About Japan Exchange Group (JPX)

Japan Exchange Group, Inc., one of the leading exchange groups in the world, is a holding company established on January 1, 2013 as a result of a business combination between Tokyo Stock Exchange, the largest stock exchange in the Asia-Pacific region, and Osaka Exchange, a major derivatives exchange. JPX listed its stock on TSE on January 4 of the same year. The TSE stock market reached approximately USD 4.9 trillion in market capitalization (JPY 590 trillion) as of the end of April 2015 while OSE provides markets for major Japanese derivatives such as Nikkei 225 futures, TOPIX futures, and JGB futures.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five customer-facing lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2015, BT Group’s reported revenue was £17,979m with reported profit before taxation of £2,645m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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Notes to editor

  • JPX was formed in 2013 by the merger of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) the largest and most liquid stock (equities) exchange in the Asia-Pacific region — which in January 2015 traded JPY 52 trillion — and the Osaka Exchange (OSE), a major derivative exchange in Japan — which in January 2015 reached a trading volume of nearly 30 million contracts, an increase of 9% on 2014.
  • In December 2014, JPX announced BT as a “partner vendor” selected to provide connectivity to the JPX co-location facility/data centre.
  • The BT Radianz Cloud community includes over 100 global exchanges, more than 40 Foreign Exchange (FX) venues, 40+ post-trade & securities services providers, as well many market data vendors.

For further information

Gobnait Hallissey
PR Manager – BT for Financial Services
Tel: 07990 560828