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Network Solutions Signs Eight Asian Companies

Network Solutions, Inc. further expanded its global presence today by signing eight Asian companies to its International Premier Domain Registration Services partner program.

The firms include China Telecom, Hi!China, Hongkong Telecom, China Internet Corporation, Hong Kong Supernet, Dacom Corporation, Korea Telecom, and Singapore Telecom. They join six Scandinavian companies that launched the international premier partner program last week.

Modeled after Network Solutions' U.S. Premier Domain Registration Services program, the international partner program works to speed the domain name registration process and is designed to provide dedicated account management with customer service to accommodate multiple languages and international time zones.

"The premier partner program provides a business solution that allows participating companies to better scale registration services and reduce costs," said Gary Hayward, Network Solutions' vice president, international marketing. "Our objective is to help our marketing channel companies make the registration process simple and fast for end users. Asian companies are increasingly focused on international business and export and need the global Internet identity that .com, .net and .org addresses provide."

Corporate Asia is rapidly implementing Internet usage with 75 percent of the top 1,000 companies now hosting Web sites, according to a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) survey. IDC estimates that Internet sales for the business sector in Asia will grow among large businesses from $83 million in 1997 to $8.24 billion in 2001, and among small businesses from $29 million in 1997 to $4.9 billion by 2001.

"Industry analysts estimate that there are currently more than 16 million Internet users in Asia," said Doug Wolford, Network Solutions' senior vice president, marketing and sales. "We are very excited about the prospects in this region as Internet usage grows rapidly, and Network Solutions' international premier partner program will provide a platform for the future."