IIJ and Ayala to Set Up Philippines Data Center

SINGAPORE (07/31/2000) - Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ) has teamed up with Philippine conglomerate Ayala Corp. to build an Internet data center in the Philippines, IIJ announced Monday.

Ayala will be the majority shareholder in the joint-venture project, which will begin offering Internet connectivity, server hosting/housing, and systems integration services in May next year. The company will be known as AyalaPort Makati, after the suburb of the capital Manila where it will be located, IIJ said in a statement.

Details of the joint venture, including the exact shareholdings of the two sides, will be finalized in September, IIJ said.

AyalaPort has the potential to stimulate electronic commerce and related activities on the Web in the Philippines and represents a proactive way of connecting the Philippines to the global information economy, according to Ayala President and Chief Executive Officer Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II.

IIJ will bring to the project its expertise in Internet technologies, including broadband network operation and large-scale systems integration, according to Koichi Suzuki, IIJ's president and CEO.

The company will continue to develop relations with key Internet players in the Asia-Pacific region, Suzuki said in the statement.

IIJ was one of Japan's first commercial Internet service providers and remains a major provider of bandwidth and Internet services to companies in Japan.

IIJ, in Tokyo, can be found online at http://www.iij.ad.jp/. Ayala, in Makati, Philippines, can be found at +63-2-848-5643 or online at http://www.ayala-group.com/.

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