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Monday, September 18, 2000 10:52AM IST (5:22AM GMT)
News, Entertainment, Astrology and a host of other exciting options offered to surfers, Special Olympics section to provide latest news and updates on the mega event
New Delhi, Delhi, India

HCL Infinet, the new Internet subsidiary of HCL Infosystems, India's premier technology integration company, today announced the launch of its horizontal portal, www.hclinfinet.com. Backed by the HCL Group, which has recently been named as the top IT Group in India by Dataquest, the Business to Consumer (B2C) portal, will offer rich & varied content and several exciting online shopping options to consumers over a period of time.

Reflecting the topicality of the content on the Olympic games, the portal will carry a special section called "The Olympic Age", which will report the latest news as it happens, from Sydney Olympics. It will offer the latest updates, schedules of games for the day, results, medals tally and will keep track of the various records that make or break during the first Olympics of the millennium. A photo gallery will have full size downloadable pictures and the champion's gallery will profile select athletes who excel at the games. The Olympic history section will give a brief background of the games since their inception in ancient Greece. A daily opinion poll and information on Sydney are the other attractions of this section.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Saurav Adhikari, President, HCL Infinet, said, "With the launch of our portal, we hope to reach to a wide spectrum of consumers through the emerging Internet medium. Our portal will offer the most comprehensive suite of services and will serve as a one-stop shop for our consumers. We have tied-up with leading international players in various fields to ensure a high quality of service".

The portal offers one of the most powerful international search engines ‘Mamma.com' for quick and easy access to any kind of information on the net. The online chat facility is powered by one of the world's largest chat site ‘Talkcity.com'. The chat option offers online interaction in various categories and sections to suit the interests of a wide spectrum of users all over the world. A host of software downloads are also available on the portal through ‘Tucows.com', one of the most popular site in the world for software downloads. The portal has an interesting cookery section, which also has a recipe contest offering exciting weekly prizes. For the evolved, there is a spirituality corner to reflect the voice of their inner soul and get some spiritual counseling as well. A special interactive section "Who needs anything else?" will delight the net savvy users with features like Web tip of the day, Hotlink of the day, Hot 100 downloads, Gizmo corner etc.

"Worldwide the more successful portals have been spawned by Internet Service Providers. There are significant synergies between the two businesses, which will help us in providing unmatched value to our customers. We will shortly be rolling out our Internet access service in 42 cities across India, making it one of the largest ISP in the country. We have invested heavily in technology such as the latest ATM /Frame relay network, single number access across the country, international standard port to subscriber ratio, fiber optic connection for the last mile in major locations, etc., to build a robust and reliable network for our valued customers", added Mr. Adhikari.

The company will leverage its joint venture with Asian Age to provide high quality news content with sections covering the latest national as well international news stories and features on a wide variety of topics. It will also have special sections on news from South Asia besides business news, sports updates, snippets on latest movie blockbusters, astrological predictions etc.

The company is in discussions with several renowned International and domestic players for providing a multitude of exciting options. The company has been assisted by Andersen Consulting in putting these alliances in place. The portal will also offer a safe and secure payment gateway for tamper and fraud proof transactions. The company has made significant investments in technology and state-of-the-art equipments to build a robust and reliable backbone infrastructure.

HCL Infinet estimates that the B2C market in India will grow from Rs. 30 crores to over Rs. 200 crores in three years time. The company plans to leverage its relationship with key existing players in the physical and B2C world countrywide to gain a large share of this growing market.

About HCL Infinet
HCL Infinet is the new Internet subsidiary of HCL Infosystems, India's premier technology integration company. It is geared up to provide the largest network of technologically advanced value-added Internet services to corporates and consumers across the country. With reliability and robustness of services being of prime importance, HCL Infinet has invested in a hi-tech ATM / Frame relay network for hosting its services. Leveraging on its parent' strengths, HCL Infinet aims to become a dominant value added Internet service provider.

About HCL Infosystems
HCL Infosystems, a technology integrator, offers its customers technology solutions across multiple platforms. This is as a result of its expertise in developing state-of-the-art indigenous enterprise solutions; understanding of the networking technology; its design capabilities in product engineering; integrating diverse hardware components and its access to specialized technology for turnkey projects through partnerships with various world class players.

With a definite and distinct focus on enterprise solutions and personal computers, HCL Infosystems (HCL Insys) has direct customer service centres at 143 locations, 6 software export factories and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. HCL Insys has five overseas business entities in US, UK, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. HCL Insys manufacturing process are ISO 9001 certified, while its software development processes have achieved SEI CMM Level 4. With a mission statement to provide world-class information technology solutions and services to enable its customers to serve their customers better, HCL Insys is setting new standards of information technology in India. Information about HCL Infosystems is available from the company's site on the World Wide Web at URL http://www.hclinfosystems.com.

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