Pacific Internet Announces Plan for WiMax Rollout in the Philippines

Apr 10, 2007, 01:00 ET from Pacific Internet Limited

    SINGAPORE, April 10 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pacific Internet
 Ltd., the largest telco-independent Internet Communications Service
 Provider by geographic reach in the Asia Pacific region, today announced a
 major investment and expansion plan for Pacific Internet Philippines (PI
 PH). PI PH will invest over US$12 million in building a wireless broadband
 infrastructure, initially in the Greater Metro-Manila area.
     This will be the first rollout of a WiMax infrastructure in the
 Philippines. The plan includes multiple wireless technologies to support
 its core business: leased lines and broadband Internet access and other
 IP-based services mainly for corporate customers. PI PH has recently been
 assigned the 15MHz spectrum in the 2.5-2.7 GHz band, suitable for Broadband
 Wireless Access for business customers and professionals.
     Managing Director of PI PH, Ms Jojie Yap, said, "We are especially
 delighted to have been assigned the BWA spectrum, as this will allow us to
 expand our range of services to both corporate and individual customers. By
 owning our infrastructure we can achieve lower cost of sales and better
 margins. Pacific Internet Philippines looks forward to strengthening its
 position among the leading Internet service providers in the Philippines
 and offering the widest choice of broadband services, as well as more
 value-added IP services.''
     PI PH recently launched PacNet Vocal, a VOIP service, which, among
 other features, provides un-metered calls between the subscribers, wherever
 they may be located.
     The infrastructure expansion will make PI PH an important component in
 PacNet's regional strategy, by providing the means to extend corporate
 networks from the other PacNet countries into the Philippines, while having
 full end-to-end control over the service delivery and quality. PI PH will
 also be able to strengthen its brand name and market positioning by owning
 its infrastructure down to the last mile.
     Ms Yap added, ''Customer satisfaction has always been our company's
 driving force and we continue to listen to the pulse of the market in all
 the initiatives that we have laid out for the forthcoming years. Our
 company is one of the pioneers in the Philippine ISP industry, and we shall
 continue to bring exciting developments to meet the market's increasing
 demand for more choices and better alternatives.''
     Mr. Phey Teck-Moh, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific
 Internet Limited said, ''We are delighted that PI PH is set to be the first
 to rollout WiMax there. This expansion is in line with Pacific Internet's
 five-year business plan announced in 2006, to transform Pacific Internet
 into an IP- based Communications and Solutions Provider.''
     PDSI secured its Congressional Telecommunications Franchise in 2001,
 and its wireless operating license in 2005.
     About Pacific Internet Philippines
     Primeworld Digital Systems, Inc. (PDSI) is an affiliate of Pacific
 Internet Ltd., the largest telco-independent Internet Communications
 Service Provider by geographic reach in the Asia Pacific region. PDSI holds
 a telecommunications franchise and licenses for wireless broadband, VOIP
 and other telecommunication services from the National Telecommunications
 Commission. It operates under the business name - Pacific Internet
 Philippines.
     Our vision is to be the leading Business Communications Service
 Provider, recognized for delivering value and quality solutions beyond
 customer expectations. We will do this by offering IP Services to extend
 the value of our core offering, using converged IP services, regional
 connectivity and IP- based communications solutions.
     About Pacific Internet Limited
     Pacific Internet Limited or PacNet (NASDAQ:   PCNTF) is the largest
 telco- independent Internet Communications Service Provider by geographic
 reach in the Asia Pacific region. The Company has direct presence in
 Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia, India, Thailand and
 Malaysia. PacNet delivers a comprehensive suite of data, voice and video
 services to both corporate business and consumer customers. For more
 information, visit http://www.pacnet.com .
     Cautionary Statement
     Statements made in this press release with respect to Pacific
 Internet's current plans, estimates, strategies and beliefs and other
 statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements
 about the future performance of Pacific Internet. Forward-looking
 statements include but are not limited to those using words such as "seek",
 "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "believe", "intend", "project", "plan",
 "strategy", "forecast" and similar expressions or future or conditional
 verbs such as "will, "would", "should", "could", "may" and "might". These
 statements reflect management's current expectations, beliefs, hopes,
 intentions or strategies regarding the future and assumptions in light of
 currently available information. They are subject to a number of risks and
 uncertainties, including but not limited to (i) changes in the economic,
 regulatory and political environments in the countries where Pacific
 Internet operates; (ii) changes and developments in technology and the
 Internet marketplace; (iii) Pacific Internet's continued ability to develop
 and win acceptance of its products and services, which are offered in
 highly competitive markets; (iv) the success of its joint ventures and
 alliances; (v) exchange rates, particularly between the Singapore dollar
 and the U.S. dollar and other currencies in which Pacific Internet makes
 significant sales or in which its assets and liabilities are denominated;
 and (vi) the outcome of contingencies. In light of the many risks and
 uncertainties surrounding the Internet marketplace, the actual results
 could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking
 statements. Pacific Internet assumes no obligation to update any such
 statements.
     Media Contact
      Bernard Ho
      Group Corporate Communications
      Pacific Internet Limited
      DID:    +65 6771 0433
      Mobile: +65 9782 3393
      Email:  bernard.ho@pacific.net.sg
 
     Investor Relations
      Mervin Wang
      Pacific Internet Limited
      DID:    +65 6771 0780
      Mobile: +65 9798 6077
      Email:  investor@pacific.net.sg
 
 

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