- Anytime, Anywhere Access To Their Corporate Email Via GPRS -


Singapore, 11 October 2001 -- StarHub and IBM Singapore today unveiled a family of mobile and wireless software solutions that extend critical business information to mobile devices. This strategic collaboration will allow StarHub Mobile to offer wireless email access for corporate and business users via its General Packet Radio Service (GPRS). This service will be launched before the end of this year.


Under the partnership, business users will be able to wirelessly access applications powered by Lotus software from IBM, specifically, Lotus Domino. These applications include email, calendar, address book and To-do list from their GPRS-enabled mobile phone or PDA. In addition, business users will also be able to send and receive SMS (Short Message Service) including notification services and alerts from any Lotus Domino application.


Said Mr Chan Kin Hung, Vice President, StarHub Mobile, "This partnership will enhance the suite of innovative services that we have for our business customers. Enterprises need to harness current available technologies to improve their competitive edge in the market place. With StarHub's robust network and IBM's reliable wireless software solution, businesses are able to confidently tap on an efficient and cost-effective way to access their corporate email. Their mobile workforce can have instant connection to critical business information on their mobile devices such as mobile phones and PDAs."


"As GPRS is a packet data service, the user can be billed based on the amount of data transmitted and not on connection time. Businesses will see the immediate benefit in using StarHub GPRS to increase productivity and instant accessibility in an efficient manner. This is the value-add that StarHub strives to provide for its corporate and business users," Mr Chan added.


"Today's announcement marks a step in IBM's strategy to extend the collaborative power of Lotus Domino to business users anytime, anywhere, on mobile. By enabling mobile workers to access collaborative applications wirelessly, Lotus Domino can help organisations to increase productivity and efficiency and optimise their investment in wireless devices," said Elsie Tan, Country Software Manager, IBM Singapore. "This partnership will also allow both StarHub and IBM to expand their portfolio of wireless offerings and reach new customers in the growing mobile market."


GPRS is the exciting next step in the evolution of today's GSM networks to 3G. It provides for higher speed data transfer and constant connectivity to mobile data. The mobile worker will have fast, instant and constant access to mobile data.


- end -