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FX Networks Fulfills ICANN Conf. Broadband Needs

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Asia Netcom Partner to Meet High Speed Networking Requirements at ICANN Conference

Delegates from 90 countries gather to discuss mission critical issues related to the ISP Industry; conference supported by state-of-the- art network connectivity through Asia Netcom and FX Networks

New Zealand, 21 March 2006 – Asia Netcom, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Netcom (NYSE:CN, SEHK:0906) in partnership with FX Networks, an Internet Service Provider, announced today its joint sponsorship of the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) conference in Wellington, New Zealand. The conference held during 27-31 March will address important issues facing the ISP industry today, including broadband adoption debate and Internet security.

Asia Netcom, together with FX Networks, is providing direct internet connectivity to all global participants at the conference. It is expected that more than 700 delegates from over 90 countries will attend this event chaired by Vint Cerf, an international ambassador for Google.

“Asia Netcom is proud to participate in this major international conference. We are taking keen interest in the development of broadband uptake in the New Zealand market. I believe affordable and high-speed broadband can transform the way people work. The concept of ‘connected anywhere’ no longer refers to the future. It is the reality that has been easily accessible through broadband,” said Deborah Homewood, Asia Netcom’s Vice President.

“It is the first ICANN conference in New Zealand and FX Networks is honoured to be able to assist ICANN. Through our partnership with Asia Netcom, we were able to participate in delivering an independent telecommunications network that met ICANN's requirements,” said Jamie Baddeley, FX Networks’ General Manager, Internet Services.

“We are pleased to be involved in the conference as it should help confirm directions and policies bolstering broadband capabilities in our country and overseas, ” added Baddeley.

Asia Netcom’s Internet Protocol Transit solution, which has been popular with the Australian and New Zealand ISPs, provides global connectivity to major Internet peering points and content providers throughout the globe.

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About Asia Netcom
Winner of Frost & Sullivan’s '2005 Data Communications Service Provider of the Year' award, Asia Netcom is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Netcom (NYSE:CN, SEHK: 0906). The company operates an extensive telecommunications network infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region, including a privately-owned subsea cable system, EAC, as well as extensive terrestrial backhauls and telehouses in all key Asian markets. Leveraging these strategic assets, Asia Netcom provides a comprehensive portfolio of city-to-city connectivity, data communications and IP-based solutions and services to enterprise, ISP and carrier customers in the Asia Pacific region. The company is headquartered in Hong Kong with local offices in all major Asian markets, the US and Europe. For more information, please visit its Website at: www.asianetcom.com

About FX Networks
FX Networks are a Wellington company with significant Unix and Cisco Networking experience. The principals of FX have over 50 years experience in the IT and Telecommunications industry, the bulk of which is about continuously available on-line systems for public use. It specialises in bringing interesting technical ideas to market. For more information, please visit its Website at www.fx.net.nz/icann/

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