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Chunghwa Telecom and IBM Form Alliance To Deliver e-business Hosting Services in Taiwan


Taipei, Taiwan - 08 Dec 2000: - IBM and Chunghwa Telecom, Inc., the leading telecom and Internet service provider in Taiwan, today announced an alliance to deliver Internet data center and e-business hosting services in Taiwan.

The alliance will feature the strengths of both companies. Chunghwa Telecom will provide Internet data center space, network equipment and bandwidth and IBM will be responsible for the IT infrastructure, including hardware, software and services. Alliance management will be provided by executives of both companies. Expected to begin full operation in late March of 2001, the alliance will provide the widest spectrum of e-business services in Taiwan, from basic colocation to complete e-business hosting services.

Chi-Kuo Mao, Chairman of Chunghwa Telecom, said "The rapid development of technologies has forced telecom companies to change every day. Facing this challenge, Chunghwa Telecom definitely is taking aggressive business strategies-- new technologies and globalization. Therefore, Chunghwa Telecom will be building up its Internet data center capabilities to integrate fixed-line, mobile communications and Internet services. Moreover, we will continue to cooperate with foreign telecom companies to provide better telecom services, not only for Taiwan but for the overseas Chinese market."

Katherine C. Holland, Vice President and General Manager of the Communications Sector for IBM Global Services, Asia Pacific, said "According to the Internet Research Group, the global Internet data center market will reach $25 billion in 2004. To prepare for this growth, IBM has been developing alliances with telecom companies around the world. Today's alliance with Chunghwa Telecom is the first one for IBM in the Greater China area. Through these alliances combining our strengths in IT and the expertise of our telecom alliance partners, we are well positioned to serve the rapidly growing e-business hosting service market around the world."

"The IBM-Chunghwa Telecom alliance will significantly raise the level of competency for Taiwan companies in the era of e-business while saving them time, effort

About Chunghwa Telecom
CHT seeks to enter the ranks of the world-class telecom carriers by linking the world and the people through superior service, enterprising management, and continually improving performance. Superior service, technological leadership, reasonable rates, and high efficiency are guiding principles. To satisfy customers' needs, CHT stresses diligence and efficiency, and an environment which allows our colleagues to learn and develop. For more information on CHT, visit www.cht.com.tw.

About IBM
Service is the fastest growing part of IBM, with more than 140,000 professionals serving customers in 160 countries. IBM Global Services integrates IBM's broad range of capabilities -- services, hardware, software and research -- to help companies of all sizes realize the full value of information technology. For more information on IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

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Nancy Kaplan (US Contact)
IBM
914-766-4265/mobile: 914-843-4029
nkaplan@us.ibm.com

Amanda Garland (IBM Asia Pacific)
61 2 935 44881 or 61 412 254 935
61 2 935 44881 or 61 412 254 935
amandag@au1.ibm.com

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