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MobileOne and Cable & Wireless HKT Launch the World’s First WAP Roaming Service

SINGAPORE, 5 July 2000 MobileOne (M1) and Cable & Wireless HKT announced today that the two companies jointly launch the worlds first WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) roaming service. It enables customers of the two companies to access the same WAP portal service whether they are in Singapore or Hong Kong.

With the WAP roaming service, M1s WAP customers travelling in Hong Kong can enjoy Mi World, M1s wireless portal. They can also log onto the Cable & Wireless HKT mobile network to enjoy its wireless portal service i.Menu. Similarly, the same roaming capabilities are available to Cable & Wireless HKTs customers travelling in Singapore, who can access both i.Menu and Mi World. In both cases, roaming customers will only be charged the local airtime rates as compared to IDD rates in regular roaming service.

We will be looking at establishing similar WAP roaming arrangements with our roaming partners in the region and elsewhere so that our WAP customers will continue to enjoy Mi World services at reasonable cost even when they travel. This is in line with our objective of not only providing the best ever content for Mi World but also making it easily and conveniently accessible in every way possible, said M1s Chief Executive Officer, Neil Montefiore.

William Cheung, Executive Director, Local Network and Mobile Services of Cable & Wireless HKT, said, We are happy to partner with MobileOne in kicking off our WAP roaming service. Cable & Wireless HKT have been striving to enhance the content and accessibility of i.Menu, and we are working to expand the service to other major roaming countries.

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Note to the Editor :

About M1
M1, Singapores most exciting and innovative mobile and paging service provider is a consortium of the Keppel Group, Singapore Press Holdings, Cable & Wireless and Cable & Wireless HKT.

M1 launched its WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) service Mi World in January this year on data speed of 14.4 kbps, making it Singapores first public high speed mobile Internet access service. Mi World provides a whole range of information and m-commerce services essential to the in-touch lifestyle of the mobile and net generation. Leading WAP partners providing content for Mi World include Singapores AsiaOne and Finlands Sonera Zed.

About Cable & Wireless HKT

Cable & Wireless HKT, a Cable & Wireless company, is Hong Kongs major full-service communications provider, marketing a full array of quality voice and data telecommunication services backed by a state-of-the-art, fully digital fibre-optic network. Services include basic telephony, mobile telephony, international calls, specialized fax and data products, value-added services, Internet access, multimedia services, satellite links and telecommunications equipment and systems.

The outstanding quality of Cable & Wireless HKTs services was recognised in the global award of "Most Competitive Local or National Carrier" conferred in the Financial Times Global Telecommunications Awards in October 1999. Additionally, in a survey conducted by CFO Asia in November 1999, Cable & Wireless HKT was named as the number one company in Asia based on the wealth it has created for shareholders.

Apart from owning and operating Asias largest commercial teleport, Cable & Wireless HKT is a pioneer in a wide range of communications solutions, such as launching the worlds first fully digitized urban network, the worlds first fibre-optic cable linking China, and the worlds first interactive television services.

Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with annual revenue of over £9 billion (US$14 billion) and customers in 70 countries. Its businesses around the world offer a range of services spanning broadband data, Internet and voice services. Cable & Wireless priority for expansion is the fast growing market of IP (Internet Protocol) and data services for business customers. It is making major investments in developing advanced networks and services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region to build the worlds leading global IP infrastructure. With the capacity of this advanced infrastructure and its presence in key business markets, Cable & Wireless holds a unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business customers.

News Contact :

Cynthia Leung
Group Manager, Corporate Communications
Cable & Wireless HKT
Tel : (852) 2883-4264
Fax : (852) 2824-1231
Email : [email protected]