Digit@l Centrix Helps AirGateway Win AIS Thailand

Singapore, March 19, 2001

National Computer Systems Pte Ltd (NCS), a leading IT service provider and e-enabler in Singapore and the region, announced today a new hosting agreement with AirGateway. AirGateway is a leading Singapore-based wireless product and telecommunication Value-Added Service (VAS) company. It will use NCS' Internet hosting service, Digit@l Centrix, to offer its wireless products and VAS to customers.

With AirGateway's products and VAS already deployed in two Asian telecommunications companies, Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) in Singapore and AIS in Thailand, Digit@l Centrix will enhance AirGateway's position and convince regional telecommunication companies to implement AirGateway's ready-to-use and total solution that offers immediate VAS to their mobile end-consumers.

Lau Soon Liang, Assistant Chief Executive of NCS, said, "We are delighted to host AirGateway's service. They are fast movers in a demanding market that is rapidly changing the way people look at the Internet. NCS' experience in providing flexible and rapidly scalable hosting arrangements gave us an edge over competitors in building this relationship with AirGateway."

"NCS's fully-commercial data centre operations with 24x7 support proved instrumental in helping us win Thailand's AIS account in partnership with Ericsson. We were required to deploy our products immediately to offer AIS Mobile Internet Life, the first wireless Internet service to the Thai market. Because of our readily deployed products and NCS' data centre support, we were able to do so within a shorter period of just one week. We were also able to commercially host the service in Singapore for two months before migrating it to Thailand," said Mr Tony Chew, President of AirGateway.

"NCS enjoys a proven track record in hosting services. By outsourcing non-core e-infrastructural activities to them, we're assured of reliable, top quality and professional data centre operations and support to our customers. Our customers are thus relieved to focus on developing premier wireless VAS and products for telecommunication's mobile end-users and corporate customers," Mr Chew continued.

"Airgateway's track records and telecommunication reference sites like SingTel and AIS are useful when other regional telecommunication companies evaluate AirGateway's products and services. Its business partnership with NCS offers an added assurance to regional telecommunication companies when evaluating the robustness, reliability and scalability of its products and services," added Mr Chew.

NCS' trained IT professionals, with more than 20 years of networking, Internet and systems integration experience, manage Digit@l Centrix round-the-clock. In addition, it guarantees subscribers a backup method to access data in the event of a malfunctioning with the Application Service Provider (ASP) software or the local Internet server.

Digit@l Centrix, NCS' internet data centre, allows customers speedy access to regional and international internet connections. In addition, NCS' Internet data centre has the necessary redundancy on multiple fibre trunks, power supply and multiple back-up generators.


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About NCS

NCS is a member of the Singtel Group and the leading information, communications and technology (ICT) service provider with presence in over 20 countries. NCS delivers end-to-end ICT solutions to help governments and enterprises realise business value through digital transformation and the innovative use of technology. Its unique delivery capabilities include consulting, applications development, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure management and portal solutions.