Hong Kong, January 10, 2000
Non-Internet Users Gain Access to Locally Tailored Lifestyle Information
— In a partnership announced today, chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA) and New World CyberBase Ltd. will deliver locally tailored lifestyle information from chinadotcom corporation's hongkong.com portal via New World Cyberbase's extensive PowerPhoneTM network in Hong Kong.
The content will be sourced from hongkong.com's CityGuide in the first phase of implementation. Information specifically tailored to PowerPhone users will be provided at a later stage and strong marketing support is planned to promote the awareness and usage of this unique content.
PowerPhones are infotainment kiosks, with web access capability and are the world's first touch-screen interactive and multimedia information kiosks. The expanding network of 700 PowerPhones are strategically positioned in high-traffic areas throughout Hong Kong, including KCRC and MTR stations, Chek Lap Kok airport, the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center as well as major shopping arcades. Aside from providing telephony services, PowerPhones also offer fax, data communications, email, and e-Commerce services.
Ms. Vicky Hung, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Development of chinadotcom corporation, said, "This is a fantastic outlet for us to enable people, who are currently accessing our content online and for those who are not online yet, to have a taste of hongkong.com's full range of information and services. We believe that this will encourage more people to come online, and subsequently, to make use of the e-Commerce opportunities available on our site. These include purchasing beauty and health products, sporting goods, music - even automobiles!"
We are delighted to be working closely with one of our major shareholders, New World CyberBase. This is further demonstration of our commitment to leverage our valuable strategic partnerships. Successful examples of such partnerships include America Online and 24/7 Media, who are both major shareholders and with whom we have developed AOL Hong Kong and 24/7 Media Asia, respectively," said Peter Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer of chinadotcom corporation.
Ms. Yvette Ong, Chief Executive Officer for New World CyberBase Ltd. said, "This exciting partnership will allow people in Hong Kong, both residents and tourists, who do not have access to the Internet, or those on the road, to tap into the tremendous wealth of local information, anytime, anywhere - simply with a touch of a button on the PowerPhone."
Information on the PowerPhones will be updated frequently and will be available in English and Chinese. The service will be available within the first quarter of this year.
About chinadotcom corporation
chinadotcom corporation is the first pan-Asian integrated Internet company listed in the United States (NASDAQ: CHINA). The company provides a full range of Internet services that; 1) build e-business strategies and solutions (Web Connection), 2) distribute content via its portal network (china.com, cww.com, hongkong.com, and taiwan.com), and 3) sell services through online advertising (24/7 Media Asia). chinadotcom corporation is committed to enabling digital communities to realize their full potential, thereby facilitating the development of the Internet in China and across Asia. The company has over 900 employees in 24 offices across 11 Asian markets, including Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. In Mainland China, the company has five offices and over 200 employees. Major corporate shareholders include America Online Inc., Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Nortel Network Corporation, Sun Microsystems Inc., New World Infrastructure Limited and 24/7 Media Inc. For more information about chinadotcom corporation, please visit www.corp.china.com
About New World CyberBase Ltd.
New World CyberBase Limited is the technology flagship of the New World Group. As a visionary company promoting the digital revolution in Hong Kong and the region, New World CyberBase is positioned to operate, research and develop new information technology businesses in the areas of connectivity services, e-commerce and software development. New World CyberBase's PowerPhoneTM service is the world's first commercially available touch screen interactive and multimedia information kiosk. For more information about New World Cyberbase Ltd., please visit www.nwcyberbase.com
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