Asia Online Opens Global Headquarters in Hong Kong

Asia Online Ltd Thursday opened its global headquarters in Hong Kong.

The firm has previously announced its acquisition of Hong Kong-based Helix Web Services Ltd and Malaysia-based Utusan Multimedia Sdn Bhd.

Kevin Randolph, CEO of Asia Online, said the company has been planning the move for 18 months, as it felt confident there was a huge opportunity in Asia for end-to-end Internet business solutions.

Helix is a Web hosting company with a portfolio of more than 1,000 corporate customers in Hong Kong, according to company officials.

Asia Online is an ISP with a core business of offering Internet access services to corporate customers.

Combining Helix, Asia Online expects the Web hosting service to become a major part of its overall business stream.

Lee Kheng Joo, vice president and group general manager for Greater China, said this move helped to position the company much more than a supplier of Internet connectivity.

Asia Online operations in Hong Kong and the Philippines have been acquired by a Softbank-led consortium a year ago, according to company officials.

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