Web Connection, a chinadotcom subsidiary, and Jupiter Communications Partner to Provide Internet Research for Greater China

Web Connection to Fill Independent Internet Research Vacuum in Asia


Hong Kong, March 30, 2000

The Web Connection (wholly-owned subsidiary of chinadotcom corporation [NASDAQ:CHINA]), Asia's leading e-business integrator, and Jupiter Communications, Inc. [NASDAQ: JPTR], a leading US-based provider of Internet commerce research, today announced a partnership to bring Jupiter's syndicated research to customers in Hong Kong and China.

Concurrently, the Web Connection is launching Web Connection Research, the company's new research arm, to provide independent research on e-business issues across Asia.

Through the Web Connection-Jupiter Communications partnership, Web Connection Research will provide access to industry insights on e-commerce from leading Jupiter analysts across the globe to its subscribers in Greater China. In addition, Web Connection Research will conduct proprietary research on the Asian Internet industry and its impact on regional consumers and businesses throughout Asia.

"This partnership brings together two leaders to form a truly unique and high-value offering to our clients, " said Brian Ardinger, Director of Web Connection Research. "Jupiter is the global leader in packaging research and analysis that provides deep and timely insights to the world's leading business executives who aim to emerge as winners in the digital economy."

"Web Connection Research fills a void in the Asia-Pacific e-business research landscape by providing region-specific research on the Internet and its impact on customers and businesses," said Steve McKay, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Web Connection. "Web Connection Research forms an integral part of the Web Connection's digital strategy consulting practice. The addition of this research capability represents a significant advancement in our ability to formulate increasingly sophisticated research-based Internet strategies for our clients."

"We are delighted to be partnering with the leading e-business integrator in Asia," said Kurt Abrahamson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Jupiter Communications, Inc. "The Web Connection has a comprehensive regional reach and a long track record of success working with Asia's leading 'new economy' companies. Furthermore, the Web Connection represents a partner who shares our belief focusing on the agenda and priorities of the CEO, as e-business becomes business as usual. Working with the Web Connection, we will provide Internet industry research to help businesses in Greater China succeed on the Internet."

A subsidiary of chinadotcom corporation, the Web Connection offers a unique blend of core competencies that deliver end-to-end Internet solutions to industry leaders and dot-com start-ups in Asia-Pacific. The Web Connection's integration of digital strategy, technology integration, creative design and online marketing services enables the organisation to provide innovative solutions to satisfy diverse client needs. This expertise also extends to customer relationship and supply chain management, content management and personalisation strategies.

By leveraging its extensive network and strong backing of chinadotcom corporation, the Web Connection is well poised to continue enhancing and developing business in today's new economy. The Web Connection has an impressive showcase of awards for client work, including recent accolades from the 2000 IDG Web Marketing Excellence Awards (non-commercial group winner and two merits), 1999 US WebAwards (three Standards of Excellence and two Outstanding Web Site awards) and Taiwan's Annual Click! Awards (Gold Award "Best Business Site of the Year" for Procter & Gamble's Max Factor/SK-II corporate web site and 16 other awards).


About Jupiter Communications, Inc.

Jupiter Communications, Inc. [NASDAQ:JPTR] is a leading provider of research on Internet commerce. Jupiter's research, which is solely focused on the Internet economy, provides clients with comprehensive views of industry trends, forecasts and best practices. The company's research services are provided primarily through its continuous subscription services.

Jupiter also produces a wide range of conferences that offer senior executives the opportunity to hear firsthand the insights of its analysts and the leading decision-makers in the Internet and technology industries. Jupiter Communications is based in New York City, with operations in London, San Francisco, Stockholm, Sydney and Tokyo. For more information on Jupiter Communications, visit http://www.jup.com.

About Web Connection

Established in 1995, the Web Connection, a chinadotcom corporation [NASDAQ: CHINA] subsidiary, offers Internet strategies and solutions for major corporations and dot-com startups that recognise the power of the Internet as a business platform and customer relationship management channel. The Web Connection brings together a rare blend of core competencies - digital strategy, technology integration, creative design and online marketing - which represents the core ingredients of a winning e-business solution. Major clients include HSBC, Cathay Pacific, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, KLM, IBM, General Motors, Samsung and Cisco Systems. The Web Connection has over 500 staff across Asia with offices in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and USA. Visit the Web Connection at http://www.twc-asia.com.

About chinadotcom corporation

chinadotcom corporation [NASDAQ: CHINA] is the leading pan-Asian Internet company built on an integrated operating and investment business model. 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 also invest in synergistic Internet companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region that add value and depth to its services and portal channels. chinadotcom corporation's investment strategy is largely based on three types of investments. The first, incubation - through chinadotcom corporation's Jump Start program - supports seeding of new companies and incubates Internet start-ups. The second, acceleration, builds on existing businesses and accelerates the growth of existing on-line services, while the third category of investments, partnership, enables chinadotcom corporation to join with established Internet companies to accelerate and expand their entry into the Asian market. To date, through our investment program, chinadotcom corporation has invested in over 30 Internet companies around the world.

chinadotcom corporation is committed to enabling digital communities to realise their full potential, thereby facilitating the development of the Internet in China and across Asia. The company has over 1000 employees in 24 offices across 10 Asian markets, including Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. In Mainland China, the company has nine offices and over 300 employees. Major corporate shareholders include America Online Inc., Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Nortel Network Corporation, New World Infrastructure Limited and 24/7 Media Inc. For more information about chinadotcom corporation, please visit http://www.corp.china.com.

Released on behalf of the Web Connection by Burson-Marsteller.

 

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