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10 Dec 2010
Wharf T&T Expands Cloud-Based Business Messaging and Collaboration Solution with IBM LotusLive
Business grade collaboration services are now available on demand

Hong Kong - 10 December 2010 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Wharf T&T, a leading comprehensive ICT service provider in Hong Kong, today announced that Wharf T&T has launched the bMail collaboration solution, an online business communications platform powered by IBM LotusLive, a cloud-based portfolio of social networking and collaboration services.

bMail, delivered through an ultra high-speed business broadband, is the latest advanced IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) solution capitalizing on Wharf T&T's "+EN" Fibre-to-the-Desk infrastructure launched earlier this year. bMail collaboration solution helps Hong Kong business customers address their growing need for improved messaging and enhanced business collaboration.

bMail collaboration solution is designed for businesses and organisations of all sizes. It provides enterprise-grade messaging and collaboration features such as web-based email, contacts and calendaring, file sharing and instant messaging as well as online conferencing on a single platform.

"Wharf T&T is a leading ICT service provider in providing cloud services to Hong Kong businesses. The partnership with IBM has further strengthened our cloud service offerings. Our bMail collaboration solution is particularly suitable for companies looking to outsource their in-house email systems or enrich their existing messaging solutions with social and collaboration functions. We are confident that cost-effective ITaaS such as bMail coupled with our advanced +EN network will help boost cloud-based ICT usage among Hong Kong businesses," said Kam Poon, Vice President, Business Market, Wharf T&T Limited.

"The Wharf T&T and IBM partnership opens up new opportunities for Hong Kong businesses to experience smarter collaboration with their employees, customers, and partners while controlling costs at the same time," said Joanne Quek, Brand Manager, Lotus, Software Group, IBM China/Hong Kong Limited. "IBM's LotusLive offers robust features and functionality that is suitable for Wharf T&T's business customers in Hong Kong. The quality of IBM's services and technology in turn ensures high customer satisfaction for Wharf T&T."

bMail collaboration solution is an all-in-one real-time communications platform. It includes bMail for online business email services for companies of all sizes, bConnect for online collaboration with intra and inter-company, file sharing and instant messaging and bMeeting for online conferencing with people in multiple locations.

The solution is equipped with backup and resilience features that help guard against virus and malicious spam attacks. It also offers commercial instant messaging within pre-defined communities, a centralised account management portal as well as integrated collaborative services including group calendar, online meeting, file sharing and file archiving.

bMail is powered by IBM LotusLive, a cloud-based portfolio of social networking and collaboration services designed for business. With simple deployment, round-the-clock customer service and no installation required, these cloud services are especially attractive to those companies looking to save costs and IT infrastructure set-up time.

About Wharf T&T
Backed by the state-of-the-art fully fibre-optic network, Wharf T&T is the second largest business fixed line operator and a leading comprehensive ICT service provider in Hong Kong focusing strictly on business sector. Wharf T&T has invested over HK$5 billion in its own telecommunications network infrastructure since its establishment in 1995. Wharf T&T strictly focuses on enabling customers’ businesses with one-stop-shop ICT services ranging from basic to the most sophisticated customised solutions.

In 2010, Wharf T&T committed to an additional HK$1 billion "+Enterprise Network" ("+EN") investment project to leapfrog its fixed network infrastructure and provide "Fibre-to-the-Desk" ("FTTD") ultra high-speed broadband services to Hong Kong business customers, and pioneering the development of subscription-based IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) applications.

Wharf T&T possesses the best-of-breed optical fibre network and system integration capabilities, enabling a full range of professional ICT solutions encompassing voice, data, conferencing, email messaging, web-building and hosting, ITaaS, IT security, network solution and integration, application implementation, data centre, business continuity and disaster recovery services.

Wharf T&T's value propositions are our commitment to create and deliver value to business customers in enhancing their businesses. Such value propositions are further enriched and strengthened through our strategic collaboration with various partners.

Wharf T&T's cloud-based collaboration solution is available now. For more information, please visit our website at www.wharftt.com or call our hotline on 121-888.

About IBM
For more information about IBM Hong Kong, go to: www.ibm.com/hk.

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