KPNQwest, Open Text to Launch ASP Services

LONDON (03/29/2000) - E-business application provider Open Text Corp. has signed a joint-service agreement with European communications provider KPNQwest BV to become an ASP (application service provider) for businesses across Europe.

The ASP will offer Open Text's Livelink collaborative software over KPNQwest's pan-European fiber optic network, as well as through KPNQwest's European CyberCenters, Open Text said in a statement today.

Livelink serves as a development tool for intranets and extranets. Using the application over the Web, businesses can control features from automating simple business tasks to forming and managing e-community relationships.

Because the software is Web-based, Livelink also enables simple collaboration between individuals, organizations and large trading communities.

KPNQwest currently has 12 of these business centers in Europe. The CyberCenters are buildings built around KPNQwest's fiber optic network, designed to allow the high bandwidth required to run business-to-business applications, such as Livelink, the company said in the statement.

The two companies will jointly market and brand Livelink to KPNQwest's installed customer base of more than 100,000 customers. The service will also be offered to over 1 million current Open Text users in Europe.

Customers of the service will also have access to myLivelink, the customizable interface for Livelink, the statement said.

KPNQwest, in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, can be contacted at +31-23-56-87-676, or at http://www.kpnqwest.com/. Open Text, in Waterloo, Canada, can be reached at +1-519-888-7111, or on the Web at http://www.opentext.com/.

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