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K*Grind's Future Now in Metroland

[Sydney, AUSTRALIA] Youth-oriented entertainment and multimedia network K*Grind will move to a future in Asia through partnership, after it signed a Heads of Agreement with Union Pacific Limited (UPL) and property developer MetroLand Australia to secure funding.

UPL and MetroLand will acquire 51 percent of equity in K*Grind through share placement, adding to the media company's current shareholders that include Macquarie Technology Funds Management, AMWIN, Acer and Wavelink Capital.

MetroLand's investment will be through an initial subscription of AUD $1 million (US $600,000) and a subsequent subscription of AUD $4 million (US $2.4 million) upon completion of due diligence.

K*Grind is seeing a brighter immediate future in Asia as "Australian broadband is still starting", said K*Grind's David Keane in a teleconference today. "It will be huge in Australia with the rollout of DSL. In Asia it is happening now."

Although K*Grind reports it has access to a global annual disposable income of AUD $417 million (US $250 million), industry speculation has observed its primary focus on broadband has been less than kind to cash reserves.

To help it flourish in an environment with a number of technologies for accessing the Internet, the company has also embraced technologies such as Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Short Message Service (SMS), 3G mobile networks, Palm OS and television set top boxes.

With this new investment, K*Grind will be able to push its service into Asia, via MetroLand's Asian Information Technology connection. This relationship includes Metroland shareholder, the China-based Harbin Institute of Technology Group. This is Chaina's largest distributor of high-speed network system providers for companies such as Cisco, 3com, Novell and Lucent Technologies.