|Hong Kong ISP Ties Up With Mobile Network Operator|
Posted: 27-Dec-1999 [Source: Newsbytes]
[HKNet and Peoples form partnership to deliver WAP and GPRS to "up to 500,000 customers."]
HONG KONG, CHINA -- "One of Hong Kong's largest Internet service providers (ISPs), HKNet, has tied up with one of the SAR's largest mobile phone network operators, Peoples, to share technology and deliver combined telephony and Internet services to up to 500,000 customers.
"The strategic partnership will see the two firms share one another's technologies. The alliance will also enable Peoples to enter the Internet services market without having to build its own ISP - a move that rival Hong Kong network operators have been making in recent months.
"The deal also delivers HKNet access to a large new potential customer base, complete with wireless application protocol (WAP) and general packet radio services (GPRS).
"The first joint service to come from the alliance will be a new Internet access service, called iPeoples.net, which will launch early next year. IPeoples.net will be a rebranded HKNet Internet access service.
"We are going to power their ISP service for their subscribers," said Charles Mok, HKNet's director of business development. "We are going to provide the technology support, bandwidth, fixed lines, modems, customer support and so on for their customers."
"The two companies said they will also work to provide telephone-based Internet services for Peoples' customers, and to build new services and technologies into the platform.
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