Hong Kong, April 25, 2001 - Travelers can now enjoy wireless broadband Internet access at the Hong Kong International Airport, as a result of PCCW's Business eSolutions and the Airport Authority's combined efforts to provide "Wireless LAN" communications services.
Internet users need no longer queue for phone lines or data ports in major airport areas. Passengers will insert a Wireless LAN (Local Area Network) card into their laptops to connect to PCCW's wireless network and then the Internet.
"Today's business travelers demand on-the-fly Internet connectivity," said Thomas Siu, president of PCCW Business eSolutions. "It will provide customers faster access, quicker download times and highly reliable connections."
According to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, 58 percent of the 13 million-plus visitors to Hong Kong in 2000 were senior white-collar workers, and 30 percent out of the total came for business/meetings. Market findings also suggest that among the tens of millions of mobile business professionals worldwide, some 40 percent of them use laptops while they are on the road to make e-mails, surf the web or download power-point files.
High-tech market research firm Cahners In-Stat Group noted that enterprises are increasingly taking advantage of wireless LAN technology. It estimates that the world's enterprise wireless LAN market will leap from US$771 million in 1999 to nearly US$2.2 billion in 2004.
Airport Authority Commercial Director Hans Bakker said Wireless LAN will have multiple uses at Chek Lap Kok. "There is a strong demand for Internet services at the airport," Mr. Bakker said. "Passengers in the terminal will find this very useful for recreation and business, such as quickly accessing their company's Intranet, checking e-mails and downloading large files from the Internet."
PCCW's Wireless LAN service operates at a speed of up to 1.54 Mbps, and is now accessible at restricted areas on the airport's departures level, such as restaurants, airline VIP lounges, the Apron Passenger Vehicle Lounges, as well as the T1 and T2 Transit areas. The service speed will also be upgraded and future technological advances are to be introduced.
Mr. Siu said: "The concept of bringing a 'mobile office' to business professionals is going to revolutionize the business world, offering executives and their enterprises a chance to enhance competitive edges. The service initiative also matches with PCCW Business eSolutions' mission and capability to provide total e-solutions to enterprises, and quicken their pace in digital transformation."
Since travelers are expected to have robust demand for convenient Internet access services, PCCW Business eSolutions plans to broaden the reach of this new wireless Internet technology to customers.
Plans are in place to build additional facilities in the next two years to extend Wireless LAN to the entire Passenger Terminal. The service is also to soon cover major airports overseas and other areas in Hong Kong, such as hotels, convention centers and venues frequented by business travelers.
Wireless LAN Customer Information
Customers can go to the PCCW-HKT shop at Gate 27 and pay a one-time initiation fee for Wireless LAN service with a choice of three service plans. The Premium Membership Plan is charged at a monthly fee of HK$500 and a minimal usage fee of HK$8 per 24 hours. The Daily Plan is charged at HK$80 per day for unlimited numbers of logins, whereas the Hourly Plan is charged at HK$40 per hour.
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Pacific Century CyberWorks (SEHK: 0008, ADR-NYSE: PCW), the Hong Kong-listed flagship of the Pacific Century Group, is one of Asia's leading integrated communications companies. From its market-leading position in Hong Kong, PCCW is focused on building shareholder value by leveraging synergies between its core businesses and partners, and by delivering total solutions to corporate and consumer customers throughout Asia. PCCW provides key services in the areas of: integrated telecommunications (PCCW-HKT); broadband solutions; mobility and connectivity; broadband interactive (B2C); business e-solutions; data centers and infrastructure.
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About Business eSolutions
PCCW's Business eSolutions unit provides seamless end-to-end solutions that support enterprise customers across Asia. Its service scope includes business consulting, systems integration, web design, applications development, online security and payment platforms, broadband access, business Internet portals, online marketplaces, and logistics and fulfillment services.
Leveraging on PCCW's network infrastructure and regional connectivity coverage, Business eSolutions provides next-generation network services by focusing on vertical industrial applications and value-added services that benefit from the networked economy. Business eSolutions is targeting selected high-growth industrial sectors in greater China, including finance, the public sector, multimedia communications and manufacturing.
For more information, please contact:Irene Cheung
PCCW Business eSolutions
Phone: 852 2888 2502