iLink.net, a 80-20 joint venture between Pacific Century CyberWorks Limited (PCCW) and Dotcom Pacific Limited, launched its Internet data center in Hong Kong.
With the data center and managed data services, iLink.net intends to exploit the exponential growth of electronic commerce in Asia. The company is targetting e-commerce vendors, corporate co-locators, Internet service providers, Internet content providers and multimedia companies as customers.
“Pacific Century CyberWorks and its investee companies will be among the growing roster of customers,” said Alex Arena, group managing director of Pacific Century CyberWorks.
“The news facility, which already signed up a strong list of tier-one customers, will enhance Hong Kong’s standing as a regional hub for E-commerce and Internet services,” added Arena.
CyberWorks is the Hong Kong-listed flagship of Richard Li’s Pacific Century Group and is aiming to be the leading provider of broadband Internet services in Asia over cable and satellite networks.
Over the last several months, PCCW has made strategic investments in various Internet and technology companies.
PCCW’s investments in the U.S. include 23 percent of broadband Internet provider SoftNet Systems, Inc., 3 percent of VOIP systems vendor Clarent Corp., 5 percent of financial superstore Creditland.com, 6 percent of AI developer Intelligenesis, 3 percent of online travel service firm BizTravel.com, 6 percent of voice communication technology firm MediaRing Inc., and 3.4 percent of leading Internet ventures company CMGI.
In Asia, the company has acquired 10 percent of online toy and gaming site ActionAce.com, 5 percent of online broker Cash Online Inc., 20 percent of portal solutions provider Outblaze, 25 percent of e-commerce play SilkRoute and 20 percent of Hong Kong entertainment content provider StarEast Information Technology.