China Internet Corp (CIC) plans to launch its China Wide Web (CWW) to serve as a national private Internet or intranet for mainland companies and government agencies. Owned by Xinhua (the New China News Agency), CIC has operated as an Internet service and content provider in Hong Kong for several years. Sales and marketing director Michael McLeod said CWW services in China would be launched next month. He said CIC's Web site, www.china.com , would serve as a gateway between international Internet users and CWW subscribers. Research and development vice-president Kane Cheung said all content would be translated into Chinese by CIC and would have to be 'the right information that our customers want'. This meant that even where outside content was provided in Chinese, CIC would have final control over what was produced and available to CWW subscribers. International partners would have only selected access to CWW content through CIC's Web site. CIC has chosen Bay Networks to provide the infrastructure for the intranet. Bay's Asia-Pacific systems and engineering manager, Bill Ting, said the company would leverage Xinhua's satellite network, which covers 50 cities in China, with Bay's networking products. Beijing and Hong Kong would serve as major hubs in the project's first phase, with smaller sites in Shanghai, Shengyang and Ghangzhou. Xian, Chengdu, Wuhan and Guangxi were scheduled to come on-line in the second quarter of this year. Mr McLeod said the service was designed only for corporations and government agencies. Initially, CIC would make Xinhua's 200,000 subscribers in China a target. He said the service would offer news and data, including CIC-selected articles from Bloomberg and Reuters news agencies, Cambridge Scientific Extracts and Dun & Bradstreet information. Mr McLeod said CIC would translate relevant articles for users. 'We will not have a monopoly on information, we just provide a service,' he said. 'We do not plan to compete with Internet service providers or content providers in China. We see them more as partners.' CIC has not finalised prices, but plans to charge a one-time operations fee, a subscription fee, and payment for creating and hosting companies' Web sites.