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Internet Service providers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 November, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 November, 1995, 12:00am

Asia On-line Bandwidth: 256KLeased lines and connections: Five leased lines - one T1 (1.544Mbps) to Hong Kong Internet Exchange, one T1 (1.544Mbps) to the US, 256Kbps to Europe (Nov 95), 128Kbps to Sydney (Nov 95), and 128 Kbps to Taipei (Dec 95) Dial-up customers: 5,000 plus Cost of service (by hour or by month, as applicable) - Account set-up: $88; access charge: $6.0 + PNETS surcharge ($5.6); Monthly minimum: $120 for 20 hours useage; Internet training: $68 User home page: $88 for set up Launch: November 1994 Support services: 24 hours. Staff: more than 30 and expanding Dial-up access: 3004-5115, 3004-5116 Telephone support: general enquiries - 2882-1820; technical enquiries - 2882-1782 Fax: 2882-2358 Asia Pacific CompuNet Bandwidth; 28.8-Kbps modem line support Leased lines and connections: One - 128K to US (indirect link) Dial-up customers: Not available Cost of service: Stored Value Coupon - each costs $130 for 10 hours, no monthly minimum, no registration fee Launch date: August 1995 Support services: Nine hrs, from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm (Monday to Friday); five hrs, from 9.00 am to 2:00 pm (Saturday) Staff: 10 Dial-up access: 3004-9080 Telephone support: 2976-9995 Fax: 2505-6801 AT&T Internet Services Bandwidth: Multiple T1 Leased lines and connections: Unlimited. Access will first be routed to the US, through several carriers, then back to Hong Kong. Dial-up customers: Not available Cost of service: $20 to $30 an hour plus $150 for set up. The price for leased line depends on bandwidth requirement Launch date: October 1995 Support services: 24 hours Staff: More than 13,000 in Asia-Pacific. Dial-up access: 3003-4500 Telephone support: 2511-5828 Fax: 2598-0810 China Internet Corp Bandwidth: 512K to HKIX; 64k to Sprintlink; 64K to XinhuaNet. Leased lines and connections: Six - three to the US, HKIX, Beijing, and three to local clients. Dial-up customers: Not disclosed Cost of service: $388 per month (no hourly charge). Launch date: October 1, 1995 Support services: 9 1/2 hrs, from 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Staff: 30 Dial-up access: 3004-5031 Telephone support: 2893-9100 Fax: 2893-5245 CompuServe Bandwidth: 28.8bps Leased lines and connections: Two to the US Dial-up customers: More than 3.6 million worldwide Cost of service: $158 per month. First five hrs at $0.52 per minute, after five hrs at $0.91 per min. Launch date: 1979 Support services: Nine hrs, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Staff: 2,200 worldwide Dial-up access: 3002-8332 Telephone support: 2833-1500 Fax: 2506-3445 Global Information Networks Bandwidth: 256K to US Sprintlink; T1 to HKIX Leased lines and connections: Two - one to the US and one to HKIX Dial-up customers: About 600 Cost of service: Minimum $180 per month with 12 hrs free. After that, additional charge of $15 per hour. Students under 21 eligible for 20 per cent discount. Accounts with no PPP access charged at $70 per month with five hours free. After that, additional charge of $9 per hour. Launch date: July 1, 1995. Support services: Nine hrs, from 9 am to 6 pm. Staff: EightDial-up access: 3004-5555, 3004-5566, 3004-5577, and 3004-5588. Telephone support: 2803-2669 Fax: 2803-2671 Global Link Information Services. Bandwidth: 256K (upgrade to T1 next month) to UUNET; 512K (upgrade to T1 this month) to HKIX Leased lines and connections: Two - one to UUNET and the other to HKIX Dial-up customers: Not available Cost of service: $150 set up fee, plus $150 minimum charge per month ($12/hr for 0800-1600; $9/hr for other hours). All charges include PNETS Launch date: March 1995 Support services: 24 hours Staff: Seven Dial-up access: 3002-6083. Telephone support: 2318-1191 Fax: 2756-4683 Hong Kong Internet & Gateway Services Bandwidth: 64K IPLC with compression. Will be upgraded by the end of the year Leased lines and connections: One to the US Dial-up customers: About 3,000 Cost of service: $100 registration, $300 refundable deposit, and $100 per month (no free hours); $20 per hour basic charge, plus PNETS surcharge Launch date: October 1993 Support services: 24 hours E-mail, office hours telephone support Staff: Seven Dial-up access: 2527-8484 & 3003-9030 Telephone support: 2527-4888 Fax: 2527-4848 HongKongLink Communications Bandwidth: 256K Leased lines and connections: Upstream 1 leased line direct to the Alternet in the US Dial-up customers: About 1,200 Cost of service: Dial-up access through PPP/SLIP/UNIX/UUCP 'Classic Plan' - $25/hr (9 am to 6 pm); $10 (6 pm to 9 am). Minimum monthly charge $160 and a maximum of 20 E-mail addresses available upon request. 'Infinite Plan' - $288 per month plus $0.09 per minute PNETS charge. Only one E-mail address provided. Leased line access - for 64Kbps: $5,000 per month (up to 1GB); For 128Kbps: $9,000 per month (up to 2GB) Launch date: May 1994 Support services: 9 am to 5 pm with dial-in support provided 24 hours a day Staff: Eight Dial-up access: 3002-8000 Telephone support: 2388-2399 Fax: 2388-2188 Hong Kong Star Internet Bandwidth: 768K to Alternet now, and second 768K to MCI by end of this month Leased lines and connections: Two to the US. Dial-up customers: 10,000 plus Cost of service: For 'Plan A' - $168 (12 hours free), and $10 for additional hour. 'Plan B' - $50 annual fee, no monthly charge, and $20 per hour Launch date: May 1995 Support services: 24 hours; 12-hour exhibition centre, seven days a week, and 365 days a year Staff: More than 100 Dial-up access: 2332-2218, 2332-0780, 2332-2217, 2332-2242, and 3002-6188. Telephone support: 2781-6552. General enquiries - 7116-8111. Fax: 2770-8560 Hong Kong SuperNet Bandwidth: 64K+256K (768K to US and 768K to Japan will also be available by December), and T1 to HKIX. Leased lines and connections: Three - two to the US, and one to HKIX. Dial-up customers: Not available Cost of service: Minimum charge $175/month (for up to 25 log-ins). Peak hour $25/hr (9 am to 6 pm). Off peak $10/hr (6 pm to 9 am). Sign-up fee $175 (for up to 25 log-ins) Launch date: November 1993 Support services: 10 hrs, from 09:00 to 19:00 Number of staff: Not available Dial-up access: 3002-9168, 3002-9000, 3002-9125, and 3002-9225 Telephone support: 2358-7924 Fax: 2358-7925 HugeNet Bandwidth: 512K (HKIX); 256K (US) Leased lines and connections: Two - one to Hong Kong, and one to US (SprinkLink) Dial-up customers: No dial-up service offered Cost of service: Leased lines, ISDN and dedicated circuits are offered at monthly rates Launch date: 1993 Support services: 24 hours Staff: Eight Dial-up access: No dial-up service Telephone support: 2696-9283 Fax: 2696-9283 IBM Global Network Bandwidth: 768Kbps to Japan and 512Kbps to Australia. (The figure indicates bandwidth of their dedicated leased line circuit to Internet and not the typical frame-relay circuit which may have a smaller CIR (Committed Information Rate).) Leased lines and connections: Two - Japan and Australia Dial-up customers: Not available Cost of service: $200 registration fee waived until December 31, 1995. 'Getting Started Plan' - $120 per month (including 10 hrs on-line time), and $14.5 per additional hour. For 'Comprehensive Plan' - $250 per month (including 25 hrs on-line time), and $12.0 per additional hour. (Price includes the $5.4 per hour PNETS charge) Launch date: May 23, 1995 Support services: Hotline on weekdays: 8 1/2 hours, from 9 am to 5.30 pm. Public holidays, voice mail and E-mail. Helpdesk E-mail address - hkibm28lTelephone support: 2515-4511 Fax: 2523-2275 Infolink Communications Bandwidth: 256K Leased lines and connections: One 256K link to the US Dial-up customers: About 600 Cost of service: Monthly $238 for single users, and $188 for corporate users. Launch date: January 1995 Support services: 24 hrs Staff: Three Dial-up access: 3002-6223, 3002-6050 or 3004-4000 Telephone support: 2375-2000 Fax: 2377-4763 Internet Access HK Bandwidth: 256K Leased lines and connections: Two - one 384K to US, and T1 to HKIX Dial-up customers: About 100 Cost of service: Minimum $170 per month for 15 hours and 4Mb of storage. For extra connection time $12 for each additional hour. For additional storage, $20/Mb per month Launch date: June 1995 Support services: 24 hours Staff: Seven Dial-up access: 3002-6201 Telephone support: 2421-3121 Fax: 2401-0055 Internet Connections Bandwidth: 256K Leased lines and connections: One to the US (via HongKong Link) Dial-up customers: About 1,000 Cost of service: $120 per month, or $100 per month on a quarterly payment basis; (15 hours free access, but not including PNETS charge). Extra time $9.90 per hour (including PNETS charge) Launch date: December 1994 Support services: 10 am to 8 pm (Monday to Friday) and 2 am to 7 pm (Saturday) Staff: Not available Dial-up access: 3004-5006, 3004-5018 Telephone support: 2808-2667 Fax: 2808-2673 Internet Solutions Bandwidth: 64K by leased line, 28.8K for dial-up Leased lines and connections: Two - one indirectly to the US, and one indirectly to HK Dial-up customers: 300 (including non-paying customers) Cost of service: Registration $200. Subscription: $150/month inclusive of 20 hours of free access. Useage charge exceeding 20 hours - $10.00/hour PNETS licence fee $5.4 per hour. Leased line connection $1,600 per month (2,400bps); $1,800/month (4,800bps); $2,200/month (9,600bps) Launch date: October 1995 Support services: 11 hrs from 9 am to 8 pm Staff: about 10 Dial-up access: 3002-6263 Telephone: 2770-9935 Fax: 2770-4635 InterServe Communication Bandwidth: 28.8Kbps Leased lines and connections: Three - one to the US, a T1 to HKIX and an additional 128K line for local use Dial-up customers: About 2,000 Cost of service: Initial charge of $198 inclusive of first month's charge, 30 hours free access and a free Internet training course.


LinkAGE Online Bandwidth: Over 1.8Mbps Leased lines and connections: Three - including 1539K, 256K, and 64K. All to the US. Dial-up customers: A few thousand. Cost of service: $98 per month. Launch date: October 1994. Support services: 24 hours for leased line clients; 12 hours for dial-up clients. Staff: 15 Dial-up access: 2953-0123, 3002-6200 Telephone support: 2331-8123 Fax: 2795-1262 NTT Data Communications Systems Corp Bandwidth: 64Kbps Leased lines and connections: NTT is linked to the US backbone through a an ISPs in Hong Kong. Dial-up customers: 100 Cost of service: $290 with 30-hour connection, then $12 per hour Launch date: September 1, 1995 Support services: Eight hours, from 9.00 to 5.00pm Staff: 13 Dial-up access: 3003-9316 Telephone support: 2596-0503 Fax: 2596-0812 PlaNet Internet Bandwidth: 64K Leased lines and connections: One - to the US Dial-up customers: 40 Cost of service: 'Basic Plan' $120/month includes 10 hours, additional, $10 per hour (PNETS charge included). 'Surfer Plan' - $230/month for unlimited access, plus $0.09/min for E-mail and talk. 'Corporate Plan' - $500/month includes 50 hours, provides access for up to six users (six E-mail addresses). PNETS charge included. 'Hourly Plan' - $18/hour, $18 minimum charge per month. Launch date: September, 1995 Support services: 12 hours from 9 am to 9 pm. A free course on how to use the Internet is also included in the charges Staff: Seven Dial-up access: 3004-5065, 2575-8500 Telephone support: 2574-2299 Fax: 2574-2343 Spider Net Bandwidth: 64Kbps Leased lines and connection: One to the US Dial-up customers: Not available Cost of service: $150 per month, 15 hours free access (extra time $10 per hour) Launch date: July 1995 Support services 13 hours, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm Staff: 20 Dial-up access: 3002-7100 Telephone support: 2923-5112 Fax: 2343-3190 Vision Network Bandwidth: 1528K Leased lines and connections: Three - one T1 to HKIX, one 128K to the US Internet Backbone (Alternet), and one 256K to the US Internet Backbone (available in December.) Dial-up customers: 1,500 Cost of service: $150 registration, $150 per month for 15 hours, thereafter $9.40 per hour (off peak), $10 per hour (peak) Launch date: April 1995 Support services: 12 hours, from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. Staff: More than 16 Dial-up access: 3002-8222, 3002-8228 Telephone support: 2311-8855 Fax: 2311 8881

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