Aiming at companies doing business online in Asia, Asia Online will expand its internet communications business in North America and Australia.
Asia Online Americas, an arm of Hong Kong-based Asia Online, already provides North American customers with high-speed internet access, Web site hosting and maintenance in addition to a variety of localisation services for foreign companies setting up Web sites in Asia.
Under a plan announced on Tuesday, Asia Online Americas will widen its offerings to include application services and targeted marketing programs for businesses expanding into Asia, according to a release issued by the company. The company is responding to complaints from US businesses that are forced to deal with a number of different vendors just to set up a simple Asian Web site with localised content, according to the release.
Asia Online, which was established as a holding company last year by a group of investors including Japan's Softbank, JP Morgan, and GE Capital, is looking to provide a wide range of services for businesses with interests in Asia from a single point of contact, according to Michael Dunn, a spokesman for the company.
The holding company is also preparing to announce a host of acquisitions in Australia later this week or early next week, Dunn said.
Asia Online has subsidiaries in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and the US.