Samsung, Datacraft push Internet devices in Asia

Samsung, Datacraft push Internet devices in Asia

Samsung Electronics and network systems integrator Datacraft Asia have formed a partnership to market broadband Internet devices in the Asia-Pacific region, Datacraft announced on Monday.

Under the three-year agreement, Datacraft Asia will market, distribute and support the South Korean company's range of cable TV network digital modems, ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) modems and Internet video phones through its network of 52 offices across the Asia-Pacific.

Datacraft chief executive officer Ron Cattell said that the partnership with Samsung will enable his company to provide ISPs (Internet service providers), fixed-line telecom service providers and cable TV operators with end-to-end broadband Internet infrastructure as well as network appliances to attract less computer-literate users to the Web.

"Fast, reliable and cost-effective Internet access remains the critical success factor in being able to offer a service that integrates data, voice and video communications," Cattell said in a statement.

The products which Datacraft will offer include Samsung's Inforanger cable modem, G.Lite-based ADSL modem and the new Web Video Phone (WVP), which Samsung says is the world's first network appliance combining such functions as video phone, Internet browser and e-mail terminal with a user-friendly touch screen menu.

The agreement was signed at the official opening of Datacraft's office in South Korea, bringing to 13 the number of countries the company covers in the Asia-Pacific.

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