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Internet World Kick Starts for 2000

Business-to-business (B2B) show Internet World Australia has opened its doors for the sixth year in a row in Sydney today, with a range of companies choosing to use the reach of the show as a vehicle for company announcements.

Multimedia and Internet services provider Access1 will add further depth to its channel line-up after securing a deal with financial news services broadcaster Bloomberg television.

Under the agreement, Access1 will run the US news network's Bloomberg Television Asia Pacific through its broadband channels, adding to a range of channels which includes Network Seven's pay television station C7, scheduled to deliver three channels of Sydney 2000 Olympic Games coverage.

"With 53 per cent of Australians now owning shares we want to enable everyone to keep in touch with the local and global market," said Access1 chairman, David Spence.

Also at the show, exhibitors St George Bank in partnership with the NSW State Chamber of Commerce, has announced the development of a new Web site - www.thechamber.com.au - which enables SMEs to access the Chamber's key services, network and trade online in an independent business environment.

St George Bank managing director Ed O'Neal, said the aim of St George's SME strategy is to work in conjunction with the Bank's partners to provide total e-commerce solutions for small to medium enterprises.

"The philosophy behind our plan is to free up owners of SMEs from the administration of their business to spend more time developing their core business," he said.

In another first for Internet World, the US-based HotJobs Fair opened today, providing a direct link between employers and job seekers. The fair is divided into sections for each of the companies that have signed on to meet prospective employees, including Microsoft, Cisco, Sapient, PeopleSoft and Cable & Wireless Optus.

The sixth annual IW2K conference and exhibition was opened by sponsors News Interactive executive general manager Bruce Dover, and Penton Media's Asia Pacific managing director Michael Westcott, before Charmed Technology models previewed the latest collection of Internet-enabled wireless wearables which will be seen daily at the Internet World technology fashion show, Brave New Unwired World.

With over 11,000 expected visitors, 110 local and international speakers hosting forums and seminars over three days, the focus falls on online issues, new applications and latest technologies.

International keynote speakers covering the hot topics began on the opening day with Kevin O'Connor from Doubleclick and Dimitri Boylan of HotJobs.com. Over the next two days, WAP forum board vice chairman and executive president of phone.com Chuck Parrish will cover WAP, followed by Australian-based Peter Moore, of Microsoft Australia, and the man behind the fashion show, Alex Lightman of Charmed Technologies.