FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
i-CABLE, INNOMEDIA & CYBERSYS JOINTLY CONDUCT
MARKET TRIAL TO DELIVER VOICE OVER CABLE NETWORK
Hong Kong, Singapore and San Jose, CA – January 21, 2002 – i-CABLE Communications Limited (HK: “iCABLE” 1097;Nasdaq:ICAB), InnoMedia™ Pte Ltd and Cybersys Computer Ltd today jointly announced the launch of a market trial to deliver Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) phone service via i-CABLE’s cable network. InnoMedia is a leading supplier of Internet and broadband access IP telephony solutions while Cybersys is a multimedia over Internet protocol solution provider.
The market trial will target 45,000 households initially in selected areas throughout Hong Kong to pave the way for i-CABLE to roll out the service commercially before the end of this year.
In the project, InnoMedia will provide i-CABLE a complete H.323 broadband voice solution that enables the cable provider to offer its subscribers an alternative phone service, and the potential to offer value-added services via the cable network. Cybersys, InnoMedia’s strategic partner based in Hong Kong, will provide the technical maintenance and logistical support for the project.
“We are pleased to conduct this market trial and to work with InnoMedia,” said John Siu, General Manager, fundamental planning and headend operations, i-CABLE Communications Limited. “The trial this time will cover a number of different areas in Hong Kong, supported by our IP-based network and state-of-the-art equipment and technology from one of the world’s leading vendors. Eventually, we aim at providing end-users with a service that is more cost-competitive and innovative than traditional phone services.”
“i-CABLE is devoted to developing Internet-based technology on our network infrastructure to offer true convergence over a single platform in the provision of voice, video and data services simultaneously,” said Siu.
InnoMedia’s H.323 broadband voice solution comprises a complete range of application servers that manage all calls and services through the award winning InfoTalk® Broadband Customer Premise Equipment (CPE), an intelligent H.323 IP appliance connected to the cable network via the cable modem. Users need simply to connect any regular phone set to the InfoTalk device to make regular phone calls to any standard phone in Hong Kong. The solution is also scalable to provide other value-added services such as e-mail notification, messaging and e-commerce. For more information on InnoMedia’s H.323 broadband voice solution, visit www.https://www.innomedia.com/h323broadbandvoice.html.
“We are delighted to team up with i-CABLE, Hong Kong’s leading cable company and are enthusiastic about the opportunity to deploy our award-winning VoIP technology over their broadband network,” said Mr. Ng Kai Wa, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of InnoMedia. “This trial reaffirms our strategy of partnering with dominant players to provide value-added VoIP services to their customers.”
i-CABLE Communications Limited is Hong Kong’s only fully integrated communications company that owns and operates the territory’s second largest telecommunications network; creates its own multimedia content; and offers Pay Television and Internet access and content services at the same time. It now serves over 560,000 Pay TV subscribers and over 300,000 Internet access customers, including 160,000 Broadband Services subscribers. i-CABLE is listed on both the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. It is a 79.4 per cent subsidiary of The Wharf (Holdings) Limited, which is also listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code 0004). For more information on i-CABLE, visit the company’s website at www.i-cablecomm.com.
Founded in 1995, InnoMedia is a privately held multinational organization with operations in the United States, Singapore, Taiwan and China. The company delivers Internet and broadband access IP telephony solutions to broadband service providers, as well as OEM and distribution partners. InnoMedia has the most advanced, award-winning portfolio of IP telephony solutions available in the market today, delivering high-quality voice and video over any IP network. For more information on InnoMedia, visit the company’s website atwww.https://www.innomedia.com.
Founded in 1998, Cybersys Computer Ltd is an Integrated Multi-media Over Internet Protocol Solution Provider specializing in Internet solutions as well as tailored software, which aims to leverage the competitiveness of Corporations in Asian countries through providing solutions like voice, video, data and fax over IP. Cybersys works with a number of strategic partners to provide high quality solutions tailored to the needs of businesses, especially Corporations. One such strategic partner is InnoMedia Pte Ltd. Cybersys has earned a reputation in the IT industry in a short time frame and will continue to contribute to IT development in Asia through Hong Kong as the leaping board. For more information on CyberSys, visit the company’s website at www.cyber-sys.com.hk.
InfoTalk is a registered trademark of InnoMedia Inc. InnoMedia and the InnoMedia logo are trademarks of InnoMedia Inc.