Asia-Pacific top of the planet

Asia-Pacific top of the planet

In recognition of the "tremendous potential" of the Asia-Pacific e-commerce market, the Sun-Netscape Alliance today announced it had appointed two sole distributors in Australia and New Zealand.

Australia's ALSTOM Information Technology (ALSTOM IT) and New Zealand-based Solnet will exclusively distribute the Alliance's iPlanet solutions throughout Australia and New Zealand.

President and general manager of the Alliance, Mark Tolliver, said the group is experiencing rapid growth worldwide, with the Asia-Pacific region the fastest-growing market in terms of Internet adoption, IT spending and e-commerce acceptance.

"Analysts are predicting that by 2003 the Asia-Pacific e-commerce market will exceed $32 billion, with Australia and New Zealand leading the pack," Tolliver said.

The company has recently finalised deals with the largest ISP in Japan, Fujitsu Nifty, and several provincial China Telecom ISPs. Tolliver said the company is set to announce similar deals with local organisations over the coming months.

Locally, the Alliance has grown by over 100 per cent in the last year in contrast to European and US markets where the company has expanded at a rate of about 20 to 40 per cent over the same period, Tolliver said.

Tolliver expects the Asia-Pacific market to continue as the Alliance's fastest-growing region for the next several years due to recovering economies and the aggressive marketing of e-commerce by local businesses.

A raft of new products is set to be released as part of the iPlanet brand including a Strategic Internet Procurement Solution and a Calendar Server delivering extended scheduling capabilities to service providers and enterprise users.

The Sun-Netscape Alliance was formed in March this year after Sun and America Online, which acquired Netscape last November, joined forces to offer Web and e-commerce products and services for enterprise customers.

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