Pacific Internet and Internet2Anywhere Extend Reach of the Internet to Offline World
SINGAPORE (Thursday, August 10, 2000) - Asia's leading Internet service provider, Pacific Internet Limited (NASDAQ: PCNTF) today announced that it has forged a strategic partnership with US-based Internet2Anywhere (in2a) to introduce a new innovative value-added service called 'WebRinger™' across the Asia Pacific region, through its e-business subsidiary, Pacfusion.com.
Powered by technology from in2a, WebRinger™ is a free real-time service that allows users online to notify people who are offline using existing telephony networks. Pacfusion.com members are now able to keep in touch even when they are not connected to the Internet.
Under an agreement signed between both parties, a co-branded website will be hosted at the eContacts segment of Pacfusion.com and advertising revenue generated will be shared equally.
Surfers simply register themselves, download the WebRinger™ software and install the program at the co-branded website. Once registered, users of WebRinger™ who are not connected to the Internet can receive notifications anywhere, anytime, either through a mobile phone or computer. When the user's computer receives a notification, a pop-up window is displayed. If users choose to be notified via mobile phone, a customizable pre-recorded message is played.
"The Internet provides valuable communications and e-commerce opportunities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week -- often when users are not online," said Larry Ang, President of Pacfusion.com. "By using WebRinger™ we extend the power of the Internet to the offline world by delivering real-time alerts to users who are offline enabling them to be notified of time-sensitive information."
in2a's WebRinger™ technology is being developed to support e-commerce applications that will put users one click away from completing time-sensitive transactions on both wired and mobile devices (e.g., auctions, closeout sales, flight confirmations.)
"In the coming months, our technology will enable users of enabled wireless devices to predefine their interests and receive offline hyperlinks that will automatically connect them to content offerings and e-commerce opportunities," said Gary LaFever, President and CEO of Internet2Anywhere. "We fill a huge void in permission-based marketing by providing real-time contact that empowers offline users to seamlessly transact time-sensitive e-commerce opportunities online. In the upcoming version of WebRinger™, which should be available in the coming weeks, users can pre-select prices of time-sensitive product offerings at which they would be interested in purchasing and then receive real-time offline alerts at their desktop or wireless device when price/product combinations occur. These alerts would include offline hyperlinks that connect directly to web pages that would have all the information necessary to complete transactions with the single click of a button."
About Pacfusion.com Consistently rated as one of Singapore's most popular websites by ACNielsen eRatings.com, Pacfusion.com is positioned as Asia's premier dot com company focusing on both the business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) segments.
About Pacific Internet Pacific Internet is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the ticker symbol PCNTF. Pacific Internet offers award-winning Internet access services in Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia, India and Thailand; including portal sites and the ultimate web lifestyle with the "4Cs" (connection, commerce, content and community) under Pacfusion.com. Pacific Internet won the Best ISP in Asia-Pacific award in 1999 and 2000 from Telecom Asia, and the Best ISP in Singapore award in 1997, 1998 and 1999 from ComputerWorld Publications.
About Internet2Anywhere Internet2Anywhere, Inc. ("in2a") is a United States (Delaware) corporation formed to acquire the outstanding stock, intellectual assets and management team of Internet2Anywhere, Ltd., an Israeli company that developed the revolutionary intelligent signalling technology at the heart of the in2a technology. in2a received its initial common stock/debt financing from Citigroup Investments, ING Barings and a number of high visibility Wall Street players and is in the midst of securing its first preferred stock financing and structuring strategic partnerships.