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Intershop, TopSoft, First Ecom Enter Hong Kong Market

Intershop Communications, a provider of sell-side e-commerce software, and TopSoft, an e-commerce systems integrator, will utilize First Ecom.com's payment processing gateway to deliver one-stop e-commerce services to the Hong Kong market.

Intershop said it has already developed a ready-to-install payment cartridge built to interoperate with First Ecom's e-commerce payment back-end.

The cartridge has been deployed by e-commerce service providers such as Swisscom, Bell Canada and Telecom New Zealand.

Processing online transactions through First Ecom.com's payment processing gateway will allow Hong Kong Internet businesses to deploy a complete e-commerce solution, the companies said.

Intershop's Hosting, ePages and Merchant products feature storefront and back-office apps. Internet merchants can now access First Ecom.com's real-time electronic payment services using Intershop's software and ready-to-install payment cartridge.

Hong Kong businesses can turn to TopSoft to implement their Intershop/First Ecom.com solution.

Financial arrangements among the companies were not disclosed.

"First Ecom.com is excited to be providing an Internet payment gateway that will make it possible for Intershop to provide Hong Kong merchants with a turnkey e-commerce solution," said Gregory Pek, president and CEO of First Ecom.com.

"With this new partnership with First Ecom, we can offer a one-stop end-to-end e-commerce solution to merchants in Hong Kong." said Joseph Lee, senior manager of e-commerce for TopSoft.